I was hired away from my large, Fortune 500 company to work for a small, local company because of my business experience. I was promised salary, commissions, benefits and, ultimately, a percentage of the company. I received everything but the piece of the business and every time I broached the subject and tried to get it in writing, my employer hedged, postponed, and avoided the subject. After nearly 5 years, we had a "come to Jesus" meeting where my employer completely reneged on the promise. Our relationship deteriorated and I was ultimately terminated. I feel I performed my part of the bargain. I worked long hours and nearly doubled the size of the business because I thought part of it would one day be mine. Nothing was ever put in writing but people know of the arrangement.