What is the name of your state?Illinois
My husband is a Paintless Dent Repair technician in Chicago, IL. He began working for a well-known PDR company in April 2004. Unfortunately for us, we thought he was being paid on a base-plus-commission deal but found out otherwise recently. He is being paid on a “draw” basis, which means anytime a tech does not meet a certain sales number for the month, they receive no commission. Instead they receive a “draw” which has to eventually be paid back to the employer. Imagine our surprise at finding out he has racked up a debt with his employer! This might not be viewed as a bad thing, but techs are forbidden to go out and find their own work. They must rely on the work provided to them by the sales managers. Is this crazy?!? Or is it just me?… Secondly, when he began working for this company he was given a certain “base/draw” amount per month. At the 10-month mark, they decided they had been overpaying him and reduced his monthly “base/draw” by $1,000. Problem here is - they also decided to have him pay this mistake back! There is absolutely nothing in writing - they take what they want, when they want! He is never forewarned - and his last paycheck was $300! Call me crazy, but a family of 4 cannot survive on a take-home pay of $600/month!
So here is the scenario in a nutshell:
-My husband has no control over the amount of work he does in a day/month, but he is the one that suffers when sales numbers are not met.
-My husband is paid on a “draw”, not a base salary - which has to be paid back. So even when sales numbers ARE met in a month, his checks are docked for the draw he has had to take previously. He never gets ahead!
-The company decided they were overpaying him and are making him pay them back for their mistake. There is nothing in writing and they do not leave him enough money to live on!
-My husband is under a no-compete clause and cannot go to work for another dent company.
Is this company taking away my husband’s right to earn a living??? HELP!!!