By considering murder - United States - Huntington Beach

Yeah, Mike

Today, I finally put the finishing touches to a huge project after 8 months of gruelling work. My boss had used the promise of a 5-figure bonus to motivate me. When I casually brought the bonus up later in the day, my boss just said, "Gratitude's its own reward, Mike." FML
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Actually, this is a common misconception and mistake. One of which terrible bosses sometimes make when they try to screw over their employees(like this situation), only to realize that they actually have no ground to stand on. If the employee knows the law, it can be the boss that ends up getting in some real trouble. Verbal contracts are still contracts, they hold as much validity as written and are still required to be upheld. They're harder to prove sometimes, but often people have enough evidence and can still win if they have an easy judge/jury or a sympathetic HR. Any promise of an exchange made between people, even if it's just oral, can be enforced, it's a lot of work, but the OP could take this case to court.

By  epeeftw  |  15

At this point you should cut your losses and find a new job. One in which the employer respects his/her employees. Of course, before you go make sure you contact HR if possible and report this. Maybe it can be resolved and you could keep your job. Oh, and whenever discussing money, especially that much, just ask for an email. In business a promise means nothing until it's written/recorded.

  1ronlady  |  24

#6 & 9 are correct. In business some form of written proof is always required. Even after a phone call with clients or management, I always follow up with an email.
Not only does it cover my ass but also ensures am not left hanging

  ThatHorse  |  15

Can't delete every part of the project. Because the project was done for the company while Mike worked at the company, legally speaking the company owns the project. Deleting the project is a criminal act and will land OP with a nice trial if the company presses charges.
Hooray America amirite?
This is true even if Mike quits or even if HR decides to give him the bonus he was promised.

  MariaGiovanni  |  25

Plus I'm sure he got paid his regularly salary while doing the project so he doesn't really have any rights to it. He was paid what he agreed to receive. The bonus was...well... a bonus.

By  ragnarok1540  |  39

Oral agreements taken to be in good faith can actually sometimes be legally binding. A court in New York upheld an oral promise of a bonus for an employee despite the employment contract specifically stating that future bonuses are at the discretion of the employer. In fact the employer in this case denied that he made the promise, but the jury sided with the employee.