I am trying to figure out if there is some course of action I can take to retrieve the personal property that was ceased upon my termination:
My employer confiscated 10 notebooks all of which are filled with personal notes, non-work related tasks, diaries, budgets, artwork as well as company implementation notes and ideas/notes pertinent to the job I was doing. They had told me that they would sift through the notebooks and see what was deemed worthy for me to keep and would not let me do it myself under their supervision. I have contacted them about it but have not heard any response to this issue nor the issue regarding obtaining copies of artwork created during my employment (it has been more than a month regarding both issues and I still have no idea on even a status).
I was informed when I started the job more than 2 and a half years ago that the notebooks were mine to keep and could be used for anything I deemed them needed for, though based on past events regarding my employers honesty/memory this is something I am most certain they'd deny. I have reviewed my work contract which states that any personal property I have I am entitled to. It has nothing regarding ceasing property to review to see if there is compromising information inside the property.
I have attempted to contact them several times through different mediums and still have had no response. What should I do? Those books mean a great deal to me, they have the last several years of my life documented therein. it's down right embarrassing that someone else is looking through them, if they haven't thrown it away that is.