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On October 3 of last year, I started a new job and received

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Hello! On October 3 of last year, I started a new job and received a $5,000 check as a sign-on bonus (no taxes taken out... not sure if this is legal in and of itself?) that was to be returned if I didn't stay for a year. I just got a new job and started last week - so I'm one month shy of the 1 year timeframe. Although I did sign the agreement, I was also promoted during my tenure there from Account Supervisor to Vice President of the company and did not get any compensation with the "promotion" at all - and I was told I would.My boss - the owner of the firm - said she wanted me to own part of the business and that's why I didn't get the raise yet - but I did not want to own any bit of it. She scams people often - part of the reason I left - and I feel like the only reason she would want to give me "skin in the game" is to unload whatever problems she was having with the quite unstable business on to me. Afterall, she didn't even know me for a year...Beyond that, I was also told that I'd get a bonus each time I won new business for the agency - which I did numerous times - and never saw a dime for.Do I have any option here to NOT pay the $5K back?
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Loren replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Loren replied 1 month ago.

What is your question, my friend?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Thank you, Loren! Do I have to pay the $5K back?
Expert:  Loren replied 1 month ago.

Thanks for the clarification. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

While you may be able to negotiate a discount or installment plan, as a general rule, such repayment contracts have been held enforceable.

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Expert:  Loren replied 1 month ago.

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