Real estate agent Emily Sachs Wong has decided to sue Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, where they allegedly withheld $290,000 in commissions that she had earned prior to departing the agency last fall.
There are other agents that are also now with @properties who have also had to sue Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, their former agency. This past February, seven agents came together to file a class action lawsuit alleging that Berkshire Hathaway withheld over $35,000 from these individuals. In April, two agents from Elmhurst filed a suit where they were allegedly denied over $170,000 in commissions that they should have collected on their way out of the company.
Vice president of marketing for the firm, Suzanne Boose, said Berkshire Hathaway will not comment on the lawsuits.
Each one of these cases involves specifics of the promised commission split from the agency with agents that were involved in deals that are still pending. The managers at Berkshire were deciding how much money to issue when these agents left the company. The cases were all filed separately “because the agents had different deals,” said Aaron Stanton, the attorney representing the real estate agents in all three suits, from Burke Warren MacKay & Serritella PC.
According to the complaint filed by Ms. Wong, because of her status as one of the top producers in the company, she had a deal that allowed her to receive 90% of all commissions collected from her transactions “for life.” She left this agency back in October 2013, and in November she was told that the company was only going to pay 50% of her commissions on the pending transactions that existed when she left, according to the lawsuit, which is also alleging a breach of contract.
Emily Sachs Wong left the real estate agency prior to the company converting to a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices branch. She chose not to comment when a request was made of her.