I receive minimum wage plus commission. My employer offers discounts to customers via Groupon, Gilt.com, and various other discount websites. My employer pays me commission after discount instead of commission before discount. An example would be a recent discount that was offered through Travelzoo.com. Customer pays $99 for a $200 service voucher. I perform a $200 service to the customer but only receive commission on the $99. Is this legal?
Employment / Labor Attorney
As long as you get minimum wage for all hours worked, the employer can create any kind of bonus structure is wishes to create. There is nothing unlawful about a bonus plan that pays based on the money actually realized by the employer as opposed to a pre-discount or pre-coupon amount.
Good luck to you.
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Real Estate Attorney
As Mr. Pederson states, so long as you are receiving minimum wage, your commission arrangement is part of your contract with your employer. If he made known to you before you started work that he calculated your commission based on the discounted value of your sales, the arrangement is legal.