My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: District of Columbia
I was recently laid off. I was brought into a room and told my position was cut due to lack of funding etc.... I know in general they just wanted to get rid of me, the two managers in the room hated me!!! I worked for a federal contractor. Anyway I had two laptops at my house, one laptop belonged to the fed gov, the other belongs to the federal contractor themselves. In my termination letter it listed the company laptop and indicated I need to return this within 5 days or it will be deducted from my pay (several years old street value prob $500 bucks lol).
Anyway when I went home I got together both laptops and sent an email to my boss and his boss listing the serial numbers and specifics about the hardware. I told him that I wanted a SIGNED RECEIPT from him indicating that I turned these over to him etc.... He replied back saying that I need to return them and that he doesn't have the time to produce such a receipt and that I simply need to trust him. In addition he said he won't produce a receipt for the gov equipment because it's not his resp. Anyway now I don't want to return the items unless I have a receipt from him etc... I generally don't trust this company, my fear is I return this and he comes around (or someone else) says I never returned the items.
Anyway my question is it is justifiable to not return this unless I get a receipt? Also if they deduct this out from my final pay, I imagine I will need to sign a small claims, in that case?