America’s Best Contractors, Inc. v. SinghAnnotate this Case
From 2003 to 2011, Jasvinder Singh worked for America’s Best Contractors, Inc. (ABC) as a salesperson and estimator. After his employment with ABC ended, Singh filed a claim with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI), alleging that he was owed unpaid commissions for the period of June 2010 to June 2011. The DOLI hearings bureau determined that ABC owed Singh unpaid commissions and a penalty totaling $60,575. The district court affirmed DOLI’s final agency decision. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the hearing officer did not adjudicate collateral matters beyond DOLI’s jurisdiction when he excluded certain payments; and (2) the hearing officer’s factual determinations that certain checks issued to Singh were payments on collateral obligations were supported by the evidence.