Employer attempting to enforce debt recovery after nearly 6 mths
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Not sure if I’m posting in right category but hoping someone can help. I left a company almost 6 months ago now due to culture, gruelling hours and broken promises about geographical location. I was in a sales role and given guaranteed bonus during my first 6 months. In my contract it stated that the company reserved the right to recover this money should an employee leave within 18 mths. I left within 12 and made my reasons clear to my line manager, in writing and to HR. I was put on garden leave and during that time I put forward what I believed was a concrete case for non repayment, due to my situation becoming untenable. My health and family were being affected by the hours and stress. They responded to say they would look into it but despite me offering to attend a formal Face to face exit meeting/grievance hearing, I never heard another thing from them and then my employment ended and I moved on. Recently, out of the blue, just under 6 months after leaving, they have written to me to say they are enforcing the debt and seeking repayment. Their excuse for not contacting me before was Covid but when I first appealed, Covid wasn’t impacting anything much, so it’s a weak excuse. My question is, can they do this? Can they leave something hanging, ignore my request for an exit meeting Or formal appeal and then try and pursue the ‘debt’ almost 6 months later out of the blue?