Should non-commission job have commission pay?
July 28, 2010 9:43 AM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: Said friend switched positions at his company from a commission-based position to a non-commission based position, but they are not increasing his wages to match those of the others in his department. What are his options?
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He was/is making $8 an hour, 32 hours a week. He moved from phone rep to clerical staff. I have it on good authority that a friend who was hired after him into clerical is making $11.50/hr, also working 32 hours, with less experience/training than him.
He transferred out of his previous position because the commission structure was too stressful. When he transfered, his new supervisor said "Talk to HR rep X about your pay." HR rep X said "talk to Supervisor Y about your pay."
After a few weeks of demanding answers from them, he finally got an email from Supervisor Y (no f2f, these people seem a little passive aggressive to me) saying "I was finally able to speak to the person who knew the answer and they said that your base rate will not be changing."
To which my friend replied something along the lines of, "Everyone else in my group is making $X, shouldn't I be too?"
to which supervisor Y replied with "Part time / full time status and other things can affect how much you earn. Wages cannot and should not be discussed outside of Management/HR and as such you will have to wait until your annual evaluation to discuss a raise."
And that's where it is now. So, should he push to get better pay? Or will that just land him in hot water?