I was let go from a department of health services case worker job because the location was closed down. The entire staff was informed last Friday evening after we had left the office that we did not have to come back on Tuesday. (Monday was July 4th)
Now, we are being told to send an itemized list of our belongings to the hiring agency so that they may retrieve them because the former staff is no longer allowed on the premises.
I have two questions:
- Is there precedent for this? Not allowing employees to actually retrieve their personal effects upon termination?
- If by any chance all of my possessions are not returned to me, what can I do?
EDIT: USA, South Carolina