Despite numerous requests to Oxford American Publisher (now Arkansas politician) Warwick Sabin and Tom Courtway (the President of UCA, where The Oxford American editorial office is located), I was never allowed to reclaim my personal property, although Warwick Sabin promised to return it to me in his termination e-mail of July 15, 2012.
The property that Warwick Sabin refused to return includes rare, first-edition books (some of which I edited and which are personally inscribed to me by the authors), personal writing and photography files, my scanner and backup hard drive (with letters and photos from friends I can never replace), and numerous other items that clearly belong to me. The books alone are worth thousands of dollars. There was never any question that the items belong to me. But Warwick Sabin preferred to act as if didn't exist -- or as if I had never existed: he simply chose not to respond to any of my e-mails or phone calls about my property.
On August 27, 2012, the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services filed this official ruling about my discharge from The Oxford American:
The claimant was suspended on 07-12-12 and subsequently discharged on 07-15-12 for alleged violation of company rules or policies. Insufficient evidence has been presented to establish misconduct in connection with the work.
I am now happily employed at a generous and fair-minded publication called The Sun.