I have a legal question concerning sign on bonus repayment. I recently took a job with a hospital for a sign on bonus and was told I would get 40 hrs per wk and everything was good there. After my 6 week orientation and I started to settle in I found out that nurses were being made to take mandatory low census days and that I would also be thrown in that mix.... not to mention that a large group of surgeons were leaving making the case load drop tremendously causing it to be even more difficult to get my hours. Needless to say, I went back to my old hospital but I did agree to stay there PRN. When I left, administration told me that they knew things were “bad” but weren’t allowed to say anything. I was upset because I felt they should’ve never brought me on under false pretenses.
Now that hospital wants me to pay back that sign on bonus. I agree we can negotiate this, but they want the money NOW. It was a $7k sign on. Why should I pay them back when they flat out LIED about the stabilization of the surgery center? That was unfair to me. Do I have any legal ground to stand on?