Just starting the process again without your knowledge should not harm your status in anyway as they are still pursuing your green card -- the audit denial may have been based on a technicality and it was determined that it would be faster to re-apply than to appeal.
If you signed an agreement to reimburse them, then you will need to contact an employment lawyer to see if it is enforceable. You probably know it is important to maintain status if you are changing jobs and get your new case on file before you leave.
PERM fees and expenses must be paid by the employer per Department of Labor regulations. Therefore, you are not liable and any agreement that you pay would not be enforceable.
However, find another employer to file an H1B petition for you before your employment is terminated with the current employer. Consult with your current immigration attorney for case specific advice.
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