Tampa, FL asked in Employment Law for Florida

Q: Hi! I got terminated from my job here in Florida. The terminated me on the spot and never signed a termination letter.

They terminated me and gave me the reason “business is changing”. I never signed when I received my laptop and never signed anything when they fired me. Now they’re texting me saying that they want their laptop back.

I’m so sad that I got terminated without a valid reason and on the spot with no warning, that I want to keep the laptop (2013 MacBook Pro). Do I have the right to keep it, or must I return it?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Unless the employer gave you (a very expensive) laptop to keep, you must return it.

You know perfectly well that you cannot keep a laptop that you do not own.

If your former employer wants to make more trouble for you, they will tell the police that you stole the MacBook Pro, which might result in you being charged with a felony.

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