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Bonus not paid out after Resignation

Thank you for taking time to review my situation. I recently resigned from a job as an Executive Director at an Assisted Living Community which I opened for a fairly large company. It was the most successful start up the company had in their many years of operation. Unfortunately, after two and 1/2 years one of the owners left and the culture and mission drastically changed. I was offered another position with a smaller company to do a start up for them which I decided to accept.

I gave the company a month and 1/2 notice because I wanted to leave on good terms. I had also just received the resignation of two other managers I wanted to help recruit before my departure. I had all good intentions of ensuring the community was left in a good place before leaving. The Business Office Director was out on maternity leave for 3 months and decided not to return so by the time I left the job, I had been doing two full time jobs for nearly four and 1/2 months. It was extremely stressful. Not to mention my father became very ill and passed away during this time as well.

I gave 110% and missed only the time to attend my father's funeral. My last day of work was October 26th. The company decided to change from paying out annual bonuses to quarterly bonuses which meant the 3rd quarter ended on September 30th. I was present and working hard all throughout the 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters. It wasn't until 2 weeks after I had left I learned the bonuses were actually PAID out to the managers.

When I inquired about my bonus, I was told that although I was employed throughout the entire 3rd quarter, I was not employed at the time of the PAYOUT which would make me ineligible. So, although I did all the work AND MORE that I was asked and even hired replacement staff, I am being denied this bonus.

What are your thoughts on this and do I have any rights to go after this company?? Please advise as I am truly and extremely disheartened after all I did for them and the time I gave up with my dying father to work rather than be by his side. I will never get that back.

Thank you for any information you can provide.
Sincerely yours

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