My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: NY
My company's offer letter states that I would have to pay them fees incurred for joining/relocation if I resign before a period of 12 months.
Since it did not state anything about training, I went ahead and joined the company.
During the training I kept looking out for signs of bond, but since the training was in-house (no costs incurred to the company), and nothing was mentioned I was relaxed. I was only asked to sign an employment letter where it was stated that if I was not able to clear the training successfully, I would have to pay back the cost of the training. I cleared it, and didn't think about it again.
Then the week before I had planned to put in my papers, I was called to meet the H.R where all the trainees now had to sign something called a Training bond(for a considerable amount of more than two month salary). I refused to sign the paper as the training was completed, and I was not informed before.
But now the H.R says that the signing of the training bond is just a formality and that signing the offer letter itself states that I have agreed to this.
Now what can I do and do I have the law with me?