A mental health therapist was terminated after becoming disabled. When her personal property was returned, it included all schedule books (day planners) that she had used at the job except those for the last three years of employment. She has always purchased the blank books herself, and was responsible for all entries in them -- nobody else used the books while she was employed.
90% of the content was work related, but there are also personal notes inside that she would prefer not be shared with other employees or management. She believes her supervisor deliberately withheld those three years to use as ammunition against her in any possible future conflict.
Should the schedule books be returned as personal property?
If the employer could argue that the schedule books are company property because of the work related content, what excuse could they have for only retaining the last three years and returning all the rest?