Boss’ Wife Steals My Commission!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about commission problem:

I sell advertising for nine magazines for various performing art venues in the Twin Cities. There are two of us who sell the ads. My co-worker is married to my boss. We work straight commission. I have been with the company for over 9 years – in this division for four, and I am starting to lose it. Although I know it isn’t illegal to have your boss married to your co-worker, at what point does it become harassment?

Here’s my dilemma: She represents all of the organizations we work for–we independently work for–so when people call the organizations and ask about advertising, they tell people to call her. So she not only gets all of the advertising from the actual venues themselves – she gets all of the “up” calls. She has all of the major accounts and all of the incoming prospects. I, on the other hand, must cold call clients constantly.

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