Leaving a job: Do you have to repay relocation?

Sometimes that dream job happens to be across the country. But they love you as much as you love them, so the company covers your moving expenses (or part of your moving expenses) and you load up your family and head out to parts unknown. And then sometimes, the dream turns out to be a nightmare. Then what do you do?

First of all, don’t just up and quit. Finding a new job is much easier when you have a job. Even if your boss is a screaming banshee, you can probably tough it out for a little longer — at least until you land something new. But, what about the relocation costs?

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  1. I’ve worked for my current employer for 6 years, and they have decided to move from Southern California to Northern Indiana. I made a lateral move within the company and signed an employment contract, on Feb 11 2014, that said the company will pay relocation fees in the amount of $20,000 and I need to move to Northern Indiana by Jul 14 2014. The contract doesn’t have any language that says I need to stay in Indiana for any length of time to keep the relocation fee; however, I would need to report to the Indiana office for 2 weeks before they pay the relocation fee. On July 1 2014, I sign an employment contract with another company, in Southern California, as insurance if I didn’t like Indiana and that offer is good for 1 1/2 months (i.e. Aug 27, 2014). My current company has paid me the relocation fee, on July 25, 2014. The HR person, at my current company, told me if I quit now, I will be sued for cause of action: breach of contract and fraud. My question is, if I quit my current company can I keep the relocation fee? Is this possible if there wasn’t any written language in the contract, or verbal contract that stated I will work in Indiana for any given time frame? If they do sue, do I have a case? About how much would this cost to defend if I go to trial?

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