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Sorry to hear about what has been going on here with your previous employer.
Do you have a response based upon my initial question or do you require more explanation or information?
If you are in a position to hire an attorney in the city or county where the company is headquartered, I think you will be able to get both the payment information released, as well as your personal belongings, simply by having a demand letter written. The demand letter will threaten legal action unless the company complies with your demands. They are unable to withhold information needed to process insurance claims for employees and they are also unable to hold your personal belongings in the event you are trying to assign someone to be able to pick them up for you. I agree with you about what you believe are their motives in withholding your things; however, I do think you will be able to get this resolved with a simple demand letter.
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To answer your other question, if you have to file a small claims case against them, you may do this with the assistance of an attorney and you will not need to appear at the court house based on your disability.
If you need to be involved in any hearings, you will be able to do so telephonically.
Your previous employer would have to compensate you for legal fees and whatever it cost you to file the action in the first place.
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As a suggestion, it sounds as if I would have to pay attorney hourly fee for a threatening letter. Yet if I do find an attorney who feels confident about the claim, I could pursue small claims and have my attorney fees paid for if the claim settles in my favor.
When a demand letter is written, it is usually for a flat fee. This flat fee will be included in the demand so that your employer will either have to compensate you for having to hire an attorney to write the letter, or face small claims.
But there is no need to go through with small claims if you can get what you desire with a letter, including the cost of the letter itself.
Generally, you are looking at about $250.00
But yes, you would pay this up front, just like you would have to pay the amount to file the small claims action and your attorney's fees up front if you went to court.
You can use www.martindale.com in order to find civil litigators or employment law attorneys in the general vicinity of your previous employer.
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