In the interest of time, I will keep the details as simple as possible. I signed a “Retention Bonus” contract with a government contractor and believe that I fulfilled the terms of the contract. At the time of my departure, I signed paperwork that did not indicate that anything was owed to them at the time of my departure from that company. Several months after leaving, I received a bill in the mail, attempting to recover the retention bonus. I asked the company for proof that I still owed them and to address y concerns that I signed separation paperwork saying that I owed them nothing further. They refused to address these concerns, instead sending an official letter demanding payment. Additionally, they contacted my current employer to attempt to recover the funds. While I understand that contacting my current employer may have been illegal were they classified as a “debt collector” but since they are likely not, do I have any protection in this case from them contacting my current employer? They clearly meant to cause personal harm through this contact. I never refused to pay back the money, I only asked for evidence that I still owed it. The amount is $10,000, so I am trying to assess if it is worth hiring an attorney to attempt to resolve this situation. Thank you!
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