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Old 06-25-2013, 10:38 PM
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I've been with my current employer for 18 months and can't stand it anymore. When I was hired, my offer letter stated that I would agree to pay back a signing bonus and the recruiter's fee if I left the company before 2 years. The payback amount is prorated for the amount of time I've been with the company, so if I leave now, that would be one-fourth of the total amount.

I'm okay with paying back the signing bonus, but I think paying back the recruiter's fee is questionable for two reasons. First, the letter did not specify the amount of the fee. Second, aren't recruiting fees just a normal cost of doing business, which an employer can not require the employee to pay?

Any advice from someone familiar with employment laws would be appreciated. If it makes a difference, I work in Illinois, which is an at-will employment state. Thanks!
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