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You Could Be Fired for Reading This Book: Protect Your Employment Rights

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According to author Glenn Solomon, the "at-will" employment rule has undermined economic security and basic civil rights for decades. In this book he exposes it for what it is and tells workers how to maximize their job protection. The rule essentially is that anyone can be fired at any time, with or without warning, for any reason not specifically prohibited by law (such as race). Moreover, it is extremely difficult to prove wrongful termination in court. Solomon discusses exceptions to the rule (government and ...

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Overview

According to author Glenn Solomon, the "at-will" employment rule has undermined economic security and basic civil rights for decades. In this book he exposes it for what it is and tells workers how to maximize their job protection. The rule essentially is that anyone can be fired at any time, with or without warning, for any reason not specifically prohibited by law (such as race). Moreover, it is extremely difficult to prove wrongful termination in court. Solomon discusses exceptions to the rule (government and union workers) and dispels popular myths about employee rights (many people believe they can only be fired for just cause). Although it deals with sometimes complex legal concepts, the book is written in a style accessible to the average reader. Real-life cases illustrate the author's points throughout. Important topics include contracts, discrimination, deciding whether or not to sue, and setting a damage amount. Solomon concludes with a proposal for a "workplace without fear" and replaces the at-will rule with a for-cause standard for terminating employment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576752555
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/9/2004
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Disclaimer
Introduction : the problem : vulnerability and economic dependency 1
1 The basic rule and what's wrong with it 7
2 The four current exceptions to the at-will rule 15
3 The contract exception : the fundamentals of the employment relationship and the union 21
4 The public sector : the largest exception to the at-will rule and a working model for private enterprise 45
5 Equal shmeequal! : the illusory civil rights exception and the myth of illegal discrimination 59
6 The public policy exception : protecting the good citizen on the job 87
7 Some personal employment rights : nibbling away at the at-will rule 95
8 After the Waltz is over : some contract related matters (herein on non-competition agreements, good faith and fair dealing, and misrepresentation) 109
9 The litigation process : here is how 119
10 Damages : what you can get 145
11 To sue or not to sue : some considerations 157
12 An end to the insanity : the model employment termination act 169
App. A Employment contract 179
App. B Some useful contracts 181
Index 183
About the author 189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2004

    Clearer Vision

    After reading Glenn Solomons book,-I have a clearer vision of my own job security. With his legal knowledge he reviews typical situations that happen to all of us in the work place. You Could Be Fired For Reading This Book is a great handbook to guide us through the uncertainty of employment today. Keep it handy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    A must read

    Wow! Check the color of your socks. (Read this book to learn why.) I thought we Americans had job security. Count me among the misinformed. This book will open your eyes. It's full of spunk and spiced with subversion. Read it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    Read this book

    You Could Be Fired For Reading This Book is an important book for anyone with a job. The fact that most workers are employed 'at-will' (at the will of the employer) and therefore, disturbingly vulnerable to losing their jobs is crucial information and not very well known. Author Glenn Solomon explains this basic employment reality--and how we got there--and presents ways to combat it, both on the job and if one is fired. With engaging style and wit, Solomon brings his legal expertise to an important subject whose time has come. As Solomon guides the reader through the reality of being an 'at-will' employee, he dispels often-held myths of employment protection and gives guidelines for genuine empowerment. There are things that can be done to make one's job more secure, as well as pitfalls to avoid. And should one lose one's job unfairly (all too common in the at- will universe), Solomon gives a step-by-step description of the processes involved in filing a claim. You Could Be Fired For Reading This Book is both an interesting eye- opener and an important resource to have on hand.

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