My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: New York
At start of Covid, we were all told to work from home with Company Laptops. However, after 2 weeks, they just terminated all of us stating that the Corporate office is closing our Rochester, NY office. We were told we could not get our personal belongings due to Covid restrictions. Now things are opening up and we still can't get our personal belongings. Some of still have our laptops as we did not mail them back as instructed because we wanted to return them to the office to have our boss sign off that we returned our computers and get our stuff at the same time. No one has questioned why we did not send the laptops back yet! Not a good sign, I don't think.
I think they may have stopped paying rent on the office space and we have no idea what happened to all our personal property. They just keep saying they will contact us when we can go back into get our items. It doesn't make sense to me that they would pay for office space just to keep our personal belongings and their office furniture, etc. when they want to close it down that office.
My question is there anyway we can push them to let us back in the office to see if our things are still there or demand they tell us what happened to our things? We really just want our things back, not a lawsuit. Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thank you.