So two of my friends got hired at my job and put me down on their application, because I referred them. And later my boss tells me I get a 200$ bonus if they stay hired for two months because they put me as a referral. Well they both stayed hired for two months, and I never asked about the bonus and I ended up quitting my job well after the two months.
It depends on your former employer's policy for referral bonuses. If that was the policy at the time you made these referrals, then you should be entitled to the bonus. In that situation, the bonus probably becomes a type of wage, which must be paid to you regardless of the circumstances of your departure.
If your boss had the authority to award a bonus based on your referral and the criteria was met, it sounds like you had a contract which would entitle you to receive the bonus. Depending on the circumstances of your leaving that job, you may have to prove the existence of the agreement but if you can prove it, since you had already done your part you may recover. On the other hand, if you made the referral without knowing about the bonus offer the argument could be made that you did not make the referral in order to accept the bonus offer for referrals and the employer may refuse to pay. It is unfortunate that you did not follow through on the bonus immediately after the two months has passed and when you still worked there.
Pick up the phone and call them and ask for the money. If that doesn't work pick up the phone and call a lawyer and have them make a call or write a letter. Probably not cost effective after that.
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