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Bonus Rules Require Careful Navigation

Mark Dumas

Bonus season is months away, but don’t tell that to Joseph Wall, a former executive at a consulting company in West Hartford. Five years ago, his former employer refused to pay roughly $120,000 in bonuses that it owed him. He sued and he won. The judgment was for $378,000 — more than twice the amount of the bonus plus another $94,000 in attorneys’ fees.

Disputes over unpaid bonuses, like Joseph Wall’s, are heading to court at an increasing rate. Layoffs and corp ...

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