My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Florida
My situation is one that I cannot find an answer to...I was terminated by my employer. I am not disputing the termination as wrongful, I completely understand the reason behind it. Our internet policy allows for personal use of the computer in the workplace as long as it is not overly abused, etc. and we are not allowed to download programs or music (I actually wrote the policy). I had a lot of personal files on my work computer, everything from pictures to letters to my attorney, my personal budget, logins, passwords and links to my personal financial accounts, etc. I have a portable USB that I bring in and use all day to listen to my music. I recently started to suspect an upcoming layoff and decided I should probably remove all of my personal files so I decided to put them on my portable USB so I could still have access to them while at work. Not realizing at the time (I was in a rush and distracted) instead of going file by file in "MY DOCUMENTS" and moving each individual file over I quickly moved the entire Folder to my USB. Well, all of my personal files went, along with some company files. It was unintentional, but I fully understand the liability and why I was terminated for this. I have no problem with that. However, the USB itself is mine, I paid for it. All of my personal files on it (many are very sensitive financial documents). I asked my employer to either transfer the company files off of my USB and return it along with my personal files back to me or even to transfer my personal files to another USB or burn them to a CD and return that to me. My employer has refused and says they are keeping my USB along with all of my personal files and information. I could care less about the pictures, jokes, etc. What I do care about is all of my financial information, logins and passwords, correspondence with my attorney and my CPA, credit card account numbers, social security # of family members, etc.
Do I have any recourse in getting my personal files and/or my USB back?