In my company, as an employee, I received "benefits" like 25% discount for studying for a master's degree in their university, and for being paid full time for 6 months while doing the corresponding master research thesis in another country. But now that I have expressed my resignation less than 2 years of such events, HR doesn't have a clear answer as to what to do and are going to escalate the case since they made me sign a contract saying that I would reimburse the "benefits" in not staying to work with them for 4 years after finishing the study. What do you recommend I should do/say?
Disclaimer: I'm was younger and I acknowledge that shouldn't have signed such contracts. This is the defacto practice in this HR department but in all other cases, the employees have remained over 4 years and seemingly forever since they have managerial positions unlike me who is trying to improve my financial condition elsewhere.