Is it right to reciprocate when you know that your business partner is ripping you off?
The person financing your small business is refusing to pay you your fair share of commissions for a variety of lame excuses. You know that he owes you the money, and you can't afford to walk away. Is it right to rip him off right back to get your fair share of the earnings?
I would take him to court. You want to be the bigger person in this situation. Maybe have him buy you out of your share then open your own business. I would assume this would be a legal battle but you doing the same thing to him that he is doing to you is not the answer. Tell him to pay up or it will be settled in court.
Two wrongs don't make a right. Confront him about it and let him know that you are aware of what is going on and that you expect it to stop and if it does not, it is time to part ways.
No, wrong is wrong and you can't justify it.. Get a mediator or take him to court, but don't slip down into the mire he is creating.
In my humble opinion: (1) confronting this person will not make him more willing to pay you your fair share of commissions because to do that will indicate to him you think he's a liar and a cheat; (2) taking him to court could possibly totally destroy the business relationship and the business you've built so far; (3) he's obviously stealing from you and you reciprocating will only cause more distrust between you and more confusion.
One idea would be to find someone to buy this dishonest person out or in the alternative see if a small business loan or a loan of some kind would allow you to buy the person out and you become a sole business entity. Another suggestion -- if you can -- this person will not get his money paid back if you aren't selling anything and making commission for him to rip off. Quit selling until you get paid fairly (that's hard to do but WILL work!) It's a fact -- if one's financed a business that isn't making any money to pay them back -- well, bad investments usually draw an investor's immediate interest and also his help in attempting to turn things around.
Interesting question, but given you are operating a business you are bound by relevant laws, and you breaching them won't help your circumstances should you seek legal redress. Of course it's a matter for you, but if I was in such circumstances, I'd be gathering as much evidence as I could and getting some legal advice.
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