There is a difference between removing something and retracting it...yet what I'm being asked to do just doesn't feel right. It feels out of integrity so I'm going to have to really think about this because it's not really about the money for me. It's about justice, responsibility, principle and ethical behavior. So although there is a distinct difference in word meanings, the outcome will be ultimately the same.
v. re·moved, re·mov·ing, re·moves
1. To move from a place or position occupied: removed the cups from the table.
2. To transfer or convey from one place to another: removed the family to Texas.
3. To take off: removed my boots.
4. To take away; withdraw: removed the candidate's name from consideration.
5. To do away with; eliminate: remove a stain.
6. To dismiss from an office or position.
v. re·tract·ed, re·tract·ing, re·tracts
1. To take back; disavow: refused to retract the statement.
2. To draw back or in: a plane retracting its landing gear. See Synonyms at recede1.
a. To utter (a sound) with the tongue drawn back.
b. To draw back (the tongue).
1. To take something back or disavow it.
2. To draw back.