I'm leaving my company (in the US, IL) before one year cycle. And I have to return the $5000 relocation lump sum that I received (I actually received only $3000 after tax), under the condition that if I leave voluntary, I have to return it.
The language says:
Should you choose to end your employment with XXX prior to completing 12 months of service in this new position, you will be responsible for reimbursing.
1- Should I return $3000 (after tax), or $5000 (before tax)?
2- At one point upon group change, my manager actually told me "You have your green card, and can leave the company if you don't like it". So I'm not really leaving "voluntary". Can I negotiate that and avoid repayments?!
Advice from anyone familiar with this would definitely help.
UPDATE: After I talked to the HR guy at my exit interview and tried negotiating, they said they just forfeit my last pay check ($4200 before tax, $2850 after tax and benefits), in place of $5K bonus repayments (before tax) + 13 hrs of PTO owing (=$750)! They said that saved me around $1300. I think it was a good thing for me.