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Bonus Disputes for Employees
If you are unhappy about a bonus payment and feel that you have been unfairly treated by your employer, whether your bonus is contractually guaranteed or discretionary, it is worth speaking to a member of our employment law team for some initial legal advice.
Our employment law solicitors regularly advise employees during bonus disputes and understand how stressful launching legal action against an employer can be. We will handle every aspect of the legal process on your behalf and you can rest assured your case will be in safe hands.
If your bonus is guaranteed in your contract then, unless otherwise specified, you should receive it every year. If your contract also states the amount you should receive and your employer has not honoured those terms, it is likely you will be able to enforce payment.
If your bonus is awarded based on the discretion of your employer, it is much more difficult to achieve a favourable result in a bonus dispute. In most cases, you would be required to demonstrate that bad faith or discrimination played a part in your employer’s decision to withhold or reduce your bonus.
Our employment law team will be happy to provide practical legal advice and guidance on your potential bonus dispute, ensuring you have all the facts before deciding whether to pursue legal action.
It may state in your contract that your bonus will only be rewarded for hitting a target. Your employer has a responsibility to ensure that these targets are clearly explained and calculated in your contract of employment. We have been involved in cases where an employer has blurred the guidelines so the full bonus payment does not need to be paid.
Our team is friendly, sympathetic and committed to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. We have years of experience in handling cases where people have been mistreated by their employer, and we understand it can be difficult when you’re out of pocket for something you feel you have earned. That’s why we will act quickly and efficiently to achieve the result you want.