I left my tools at my last job will they be safe until I retrieve them

My ex-employer is kind of hostile.

Asked on March 6, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Your employer has no obligation to keep your belongings safe for you or to store them: while they can't steal (take for themselves) your tools, they could simply put them on the sidewalk (i.e. outside their premises) and what happens to them happens. You cannot force them to retain your belongings for you. Retrieve the tools and either have a friend hold onto it or put into storage.

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