Real estate sales consultant sues to recover $30K in back commissions

By John Suayan | Jan 11, 2019

HOUSTON – A suburban Houston woman has brought a state district breach of contract lawsuit against a New Jersey-based real estate company, alleging the defendant owes her back commissions.

Judith Orrson filed the suit against K. Hovnanian of Houston II, LLC on Jan. 9 in the Harris County 215th District Court.

The defendant employed Orrson as a sales consultant from September 2016 to late last September. The plaintiff was reportedly paid an initial salary of $3,000 for one month plus two percent commission on each sale.

Per court filings, Orrson was paid a bi-weekly draw plus two percent commission.

“Although the commission was considered earned upon the signing of the contract by each home buyer, the defendant typically paid each commission shortly after the closing and funding of each home purchase,” the suit explains. “The defendant backed out the bi-weekly draws when paying the commissions to the plaintiff.”

Orrson asserts that she had sold five homes for the defendant with closings scheduled last October prior to the termination of her employment. The sales yielded $29,360 in commissions which the respondent has yet to pay the complainant, the suit says.

A jury trial is requested.

John W. Ghezzi of The Ghezzi Law Firm, PLLC in Magnolia is representing the plaintiff.

Harris County 215th District Court Case No. 2019-01961

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