I recently joined a startup, and I didn't like it all. To begin with the engineers in there think they're the world's best, where in reality all of us are pretty average at best.
However, the thing that I hated the most was that they lied to me multiple times:
The founder told me they were profitable, but 4 weeks in the job I found out they do not make money at all. They have some revenue, but it's pretty minimal compared to the expenses. They survive on VC money.
We agreed that I would work remotely, and visit the office once a month. When I went to the office, the founder pretty much was forcing me to sign a lease, so that I could move there ASAP.
They told me they were pretty relaxed, and they only worked the hours required by law, and understood that family comes first, bla bla bla. First day on the job, the founder emails me, and tells me that the working hours are 9AM - 8PM every single day. But I can have weekends for myself (thank you?)
I'm pretty disappointed. I had many red flags and chose to ignore them. For instance, right before joining the company. The founder refused to give me an offer letter until I had officially resigned from my current company at the time.
I just quit because I can't stand it anymore, this was not the right career move for me. I gave the standard 2 weeks notice, and now the founder emailed me saying that since I worked less than 6 months with them, and I did not add enough value to the team. I should reimburse the company half of my wages.
Do they have any grounds to ask my wages back? It's not like I was slacking, I never missed a deadline, and I never signed anything, nor agreed to reimburse employer if I resigned within 1 year of employment (I had signed clauses like that in the past, when the company assisted me with relocation). It just wasn't a good fit.
What are my options? Can I just ignore his request?