Hello again, Abigail, and thank you for providing this additional information.
As you may know, in a court of law it is not always what the truth is but what one can prove that carries the day, so if the employer has no proof that the items belong to them, they may have trouble in court proving that they do if you do not admit that fact. So you could deny their ownership
of the property or file a counterclaim
for storage costs they agreed to as well as counterclaims for other damages you may have incurred because of the employer's actions toward you.
In response to their demands, you could set out in writing by certified mail what it is you wish to receive in return for their property you have in your possession. You may also wish to suggest mediation as a means of resolving this dispute since that is often successful where the parties have been unable to come to an agreement.
Ultimately, a court could enter a judgment against you based on the employer's testimony
, even though there may not be any documentation, based on whether the court finds the employer's statements with regard to the property credible or not. Therefore, to avoid the possibility of a judgment against you, it would typically be best to take steps to resolve this, either through mediation, retaining an attorney to negotiate a settlement and release, or through your own negotiation efforts.
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