Joshua, I keep replying but it doesnt seem like my responses are submitting.
I do hope I dont get charged per reply and my previous replies are counted!?
ABC Ltd have not offered to pay the mileage to me. I was going to pursue it but I'd rather he/them just leave me be. If they choose to defraud a company, steal from me and commit what I assume is some sort of tax evasion, then I'd rather have no further dealings with them whatsoever.
I have a copy still yes. As I stated I did in fact delete everything from the cloud storage facility, my email account, and my laptop itself, however, i discovered yesterday that deleted items in the cloud storage facility are held in a trash file for 30 days after deletion so they can be recovered. I had no idea. But now, I have the ability to recover them. Since yesterday he has threatened to notify the police for theft of documents and is treating it as a criminal matter rather than employment matter.
As a business, he has had read/write access to these folders and all their contents since April 2014 and December 2014 respectively. But at no point has he chosen to back those documents up or make copies. Now he is holding me responsible for that.
I have been on sick leave since the 25th February 2015 until the point of this incident which was 29th April 2015 (when I opted to not continue our business relationship in light of what i found out).
In theory, ABC Ltd has had over a year to make adequate copies of one folder and 4 months for the other. Plus I was off for 9 weeks and in that time nobody in his company, nor he, decided to make copies.
Apologies for the lengthy response but i assume its better to have more info than less