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I just got terminated...

I just got terminated from my job and my former employer is keeping all my personal belongings, including plants pictures, etc. Most importantly, they have my hard drive which has documents I created for work and information that I was building a case against them for retaliation. What can I do? Do I have rights in North Carolina?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

North Carolina

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

I don't recall seeing documents that they can hold onto personal belongings for 3 or 4 days. They said they are going through my personal hard drive for proprietery information.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I was full time. Worked there 18 years. I I Went to the EEOC last December. This is retaliation. I can prove I was being held to different standards than co=workers. This information is on my hard drive they now have and refuse to give back to me.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Employment Law
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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

No basis for employer to do so. Practically, you may want to see if the police can help and pay employer a visit to recover your property. You can also sue in small claims court, as well as have a lawyer send a letter seeking possession and additional damages.

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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

In suing the company, you also can subpoena for such records and information which would need to be turned over!

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Can I have an attorney send me a letter today to give to my employer to hand over my personal belonging? They said they are looking through my personal hard drive.
Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

Yes, and can find local counsel to do so through avvo.com and findlaw.com

Lawyer would send a non spoliation letter which demands property be kept in anticipation of litigation.

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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

I am set up for chat only and replied in chat. Kindly let me know if the replies are acceptable.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Let's do it. I have proof that I was wrongfully terminated, but it's on the hard drive that my company refuses to let me have.
Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

We cannot represent customers per site rules, but you can find a local employment lawyer to handle it using the 2 directories I mentioned.

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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago
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Employment Lawyer: Infolawyer, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

awaiting your reply, thank you.

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