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    I work in the financial services industry and was recently terminated. I have a substantial book of funded business that my former ermployer refuses to pay any commision as of the date of termination. Any suggestion in dealing with ambiguious language in a compensation agreement concerning payouts?

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    Commissions can be tricky. For example, in MA, they are considered wages only if they are definitely due and determined. What state are you in?
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      I am in GA but my firm is domiciled in CO. I get paid a base plus commission that stretch out over three years


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        I understand that GA has Sales Rep Protection Statues, but my interpretation is that they are designed for manufactures reps selling tangible products


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          Georgia follows federal wage and hour laws and has no laws that address the status of commissions. You may want to have the commission agreement reviewed by a local attorney versed in contract law to see if it is possible that it rises to the level of an enforceable contract and whether the employer has breached it.
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