Freedom to Work, a national civil rights group, has filed a discrimination lawsuit against ExxonMobil for what it believes to be a breach of the┬áIllinois Human Rights Act, the state’s ban on anti-LGBT workplace discrimination.

The group conducted an experiment to support its suit. In this exercise, the civil rights organization applied to an Exxon job posting using two fictitious resumes, one belonging to a straight woman of modest qualifications and the other belonging to a lesbian with excellent qualifications, better job skills, and more work experience. The lesbian’s resume listed membership in a LGBT group while the straight woman’s resume had membership in a feminist organization in its stead.

The company contacted the straight women repeatedly to offer her the position despite not receiving any reply. They did not contact the lesbian applicant.

Exxon claims it has a strong corporate anti-discrimination policy, but what the company has on its books is not specific. It has been resistant of instating a concrete anti-LGBT discrimination policy and the company is urging shareholders to vote against such a policy being put into effect at an upcoming meeting.


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Unpaid Commissions

Some employees work for their salary on the basis of commission, which means that their performance on the job dictates how much they earn. Many such employees, quite understandably, make the effort to work extremely hard to ensure that they earn the maximum amount in order to meet their financial obligations. Unfortunately, there are employers who take advantage of their hard working employees by refusing to pay the full amount of compensation owed to them for their commissions. This selfish and malicious behavior can put a worker in a very difficult financial situation, which is compounded by the stress of hard work that only brings inequitable pay.

Details of Unpaid Commissions

The most common reasons that employees are denied compensation for completing a commission is that they leave the company before receiving payment. Many companies have provisions such that if an employee leaves after successfully and accurately completing a sale, they will still receive compensation for the commission. A few details to keep in mind about unpaid commissions are:

  • Compliance with the companys commission rules
  • Completing the commission
  • Building a case that clearly demonstrates right to wages earned

Depriving an employee of rightfully earned income is illegal, and a victim of such practices may be able to hold their employer or former employer liable that harmful practice. While it may seem difficult to demand commission compensation from a past employer, utilizing the service of an experienced lawyer can increase your chances of earning back your fair wages.

Legal Options

If your employer has refused to pay you for your commissions, you should consider taking legal action in order to secure your earnings. It may be in your best interest to contact a employment attorney, who can help protect your right to earned wages by pursuing the financial compensation that you may deserve.


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