My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: North Dakota
My employer took my cell phone from my desk when I was not at my desk. He suddenly decided to implement a new policy regarding cell phone usage. Now, while I do not have an issue with no cell phones while on the clock, I have an issue with the other requirements and his actions. When he suddenly decided to enforce the new policy, he took my cell phone, in its wallet case, (which contained my ID, a credit and debit card) without my knowledge or permission. His new requirement was that we had to leave our cell phones in a box by the employee entrance. I refused to place my phone there and I expressed my concern that it was not secure. He apparently feels it is. I assured him that I would comply with the policy but secure my own phone. I also assured him that, being a good employee for the nearly 6 years, my word is good. We couldn't come to an agreement and I ultimately left my job. Did he have the legal right to remove my property without my knowledge or permission?