Real Estate Agent refuses to pay commission, salary for 7 months

I am compelled to write this letter because of the unfair treatment received from my employer.

I started working with Metropolitan Real Estate in Blacktown on March 2012 while its Principal/Licensee — Annie Abulad was feverishly looking for office space. Together we walked the entire Blacktown CBD until we finally found a suitable place along Main Street.

Attached to this letter is a photo of myself with Nasser Khamas and another Filipino employee during the official launch of the business on 19 May 2012. Annie Abulad’s business partner is Nasser whom she designated as Operations Manager.

In spite of repeated reminders, Annie Abulad paid no heed to my request for an Employment Contract.

During the past seven months, I really worked hard to obtain several property listings for the company and was successful in selling at least two properties located in Oakhurst and Glendenning. I am aware that settlement for the two properties took place on November 2012 but up to this writing, Metropolitan Real Estate has not paid my commission or even my salary for the duration of my employment. I was eventually informed that I had to be sacked because they could no longer afford to pay me.

In desperation, I sought the help of the Office of Fair Trading but was referred to the Ombudsman. At this point, I am still awaiting decision on my case. — Emma Barrion