Thank you for your reply.
You are leaving within the first year, so while this is not a "contract of employment" you did agree to the terms of the agreement and would be bound to the repayment terms set forth. $25 is really not a reasonable offer of repayment for the money that you obligated yourself to repay, so what they are willing to take for repayment is negotiable, but ultimately up to the employer to accept or the employer could even sue you for the money and then you would be liable to pay the judgment lump sum or they could garnish your future wages
with your new employer up to 25% of your net income.
KY law does not mandate the employer pay the employee for any unused vacation or sick time upon termination
, unless the employer has a written policy to do so. Thus, unless the employer has a written policy to pay you for those unused days, they are not under any obligation to do so by any law in KY.
The employer, under the Fair Labor Standards Act
cannot withhold your pay for any reason, such as repaying the benefit as the contract says unless there is a written agreement from you authorizing them to do so. If you read your agreement, you agreed in writing that they COULD withhold the 50%, so this would not be illegal for them to withhold 50% of your pay towards the reimbursement.
This agreement is very explicit and it is contrary to what you are now wanting to do and the fact is that you signed this agreement and initialed each of these paragraphs, meaning you actually agreed to what they are doing right now.
You can demand your employer provide you an itemized statement of the relocation expenses they are now claiming, so you can check the accuracy, that is your right. However, you cannot, based on that agreement, refuse to pay it or demand a lower payment plan than the employer is willing to accept. If the employer has said your repayment needs to be at least $100 as you said above, then a lawyer's letter is not necessary. You need to send a letter to them asking them to provide you an itemized statement proving the total relocation funds spend so that you can validate what you need to reimburse them and then make an offer to conform to the minimum they said they would accept (if you go less than that they will simply sue you and get a judgment, which they could then collect lump sum or through garnishment as I said above and you do not want that to happen).