Mercer Island, WA asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Washington

Q: Left Amazon before 2 years. They’re coming after me w a $30K relocation bill. Is there a way to negotiate it down/waive?

-upon employment was told to relocate fro Miami to Seattle

-sold home, took kids out of school, moved to Seattle

-boss made my life impossible. Possible b/c of my age (over 50). Got a negative annual performance review (first step before termination)

-ended up getting a better job elsewhere and leaving after successfully passing my probationary period

-left 11 months before the end of my relocation contract

Do I have any legal recourses here? I feel as though this huge corporation forces you to move (only to continue working from home), turns your life upside down and then threatens to terminate you…


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1 Lawyer Answer
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: First, you can always attempt to negotiate a solution. You may consider offering a refund representing 11/24 of the relocation assistance amount with a deduction for the perceived age discrimination.

Second, it is impossible to tell you what legal options you may have under the relocation contract without reading it. You should have an attorney review it.

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