How do I file charges and a claim against my former employer for refusing to let me pick up my tools.i went to the police statio
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Small Claims Court in Jasper County only has jursidiction over cases up to $6,000 in value. If your tools are worth more than that, you will have to file your case in Jasper Circuit (or Superior) Court.
You will still have the same claims -- civil conversion and trespass to chattels -- as well as a possible tortious interference claim. The difference is that you are probably going to want to have an attorney represent you.
However, a civil conversion claim allows you to recover THREE times the value of your tools, PLUS your attorney fees if you win.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.