Dear Evil HR Lady,
My company for the past six years terminated my employment yesterday. It came unexpectedly, and I’m trying to learn my rights. After years on the job, I have many personal items at my desk — some are obviously mine, like pictures, some are not so obvious, like articles and letters of recommendations buried in stacks of papers. HR is telling me they will not allow me to go clean up my desk and gather my items — not even supervised — and that this is company policy. They say that if I describe to them what I have, they will bring it down to me. The problem is I don’t remember item for item what is mine.
I’m very worried I won’t get something that is mine returned to me. Is this legal? I heard that companies have a legal obligation to let you gather your items, that they can’t go through your stuff without you there.
To read the answer click here: Do fired workers have the right to clean out their desks?