I recently resigned my job after six months after a relocation. A relocation allowance was paid.
My previous company have since withheld my last salary payment as reimbursement for this relocation expense.
My contract states that "Relocation expenses will be paid up to 20k for flights, shipping and temporary hotel accommodation. All relocation expenses must be submitted through an approved vendor. If the employee resigns within 12 months they will be paid back in full."
When I submitted my expenses I didn't use a vendor at any point rather I booked hotels directly and claimed this back directly with receipts.My boss at the time ok'd this. Later it became a bit controversial and the HR department wouldn't respond in writing how I should claim anything back without having used a vendor. Eventually they phoned me and told me to but the receipts through the normal system but not to mention anything about relocation expenses.
Contractually does the line "All relocation expenses must be submitted through an approved vendor" mean that any expenses not submitted in this way are not covered by this clause and are not due to be refunded?
I do understand that I was paid relocation expenses however these are not the vendor submitted expenses which are covered in the contract. Does the line stating that expenses must be submitted via a vendor mean that expenses not submitted via a vendor are not covered by this contract clause?
I'm just trying to get a rough feel of whether it is worth engaging a lawyer in this or just to eat it. As you might understand from resigning after six months the job didn't go well and If I'm due something contractually I have no qualms about taking anything I am legally owed.