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Carol Ann Fitzgerald, former managing editor and art editor, The Oxford American

Update, October 14, 2012 December 12, 2012: Despite numerous requests to Oxford American Publisher Warwick Sabin (who fired me) and Tom Courtway (the President of UCA, where The Oxford American editorial office is located), I have not received my personal property that was promised to me in Warwick Sabin's termination e-mail of July 15, 2012. 

I own thousands of dollars of one-of-a-kind books (including rare, signed, first edition copies of books I edited) that are in Warwick Sabin's possession and on the UCA campus and I have receipts and letters that prove they belong to me. All of my personal and professional writing and photography files are in Warwick Sabin's possession and he has not returned any of those files as well as additional items I paid for and kept in my office, including a scanner and a backup hard drive (for my writing and photography).

I have no idea why Warwick Sabin would even want my personal property, except to spite me? 

In August or September, Warwick Sabin did send me one very small box containing: a shirt that was on my office chair, a few papers from my desk, and a bunch of pens and pencils. I can only assume Warwick Sabin intended the box as an insult, as if I had no more belongings than a temp worker or a clerk. (Since Marc Smirnoff has managed to regain some of his cherished belongings, I guess in Warwick Sabin's view, I continue to be the invisible woman.) 

I do not want anything that does not belong to me. I merely want my belongings returned, as Warwick Sabin promised me three five months ago.

AMOUNT OF TIME IT TOOK WARWICK SABIN TO HEAR A FALSE COMPLAINT BY A FIRED EDITOR ABOUT ME AND THEN DECIDE TO FIRE ME: five DAYS.

AMOUNT OF TIME IT HAS TAKEN WARWICK SABIN TO NOT RETURN MY PERSONAL PROPERTY AS HE PROMISED: three five MONTHS and counting....

Update, August 2012: Here is what the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services wrote to me on August 27, 2012:

FINDING OF FACTS: 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.