You Could be Fired for Reading this Book: Protect Your Employment Rights

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004 - Business & Economics - 190 pages
It's true. You can be fired from your job at any time, with or without warning for a false reason, a mean reason, a reason that is unfair or even capricious, just about any reason at all. In fact, you could be fired for reading this book.
Employment law attorney Glenn Solomon explains that the overwhelming majority of working Americans are employed 'at will." They are hired-and can be fired-at their employers will. While there are a few specific kinds of discriminatory termination (based on age, sex, race, etc.) prohibited by law, it is difficult to prove such discrimination in court. Solomon argues that the at-will rule is inherently unjust, since it leaves the livelihood of most Americans subject to their employers' whims.
How can you fight back? Solomon details-
Four exceptions to the at-will rule- how effective are they, and how can you take
advantage of them

Your rights under the current system- how to make the most of them, including
what to consider when deciding whether or not to sue your employer and what to
expect if you do and

An alternative to the at-will rule that protects the rights of both workers and
employers.
 

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Contents

The Problem Vulnerability and Economic Dependency
1
The Basic Rule and Whats Wrong with It
7
The Four Current Exceptions to the AtWill Rule
15
The Contract Exception The Fundamentals of the Employment Relationship and the Union
21
The Public Sector The Largest Exception to the AtWill Rule and a Working Model for Private Enterprise
45
Equal Shmeequal The Illusory Civil Rights Exception and the Myth of Illegal Discrimination
59
The Public Policy Exception Protecting the Good Citizen on the Job
87
Some Personal Employment Rights Nibbling Away at the AtWill Rule
95
After the Waltz Is Over Some Contract Related Matters Herein of NonCompetition Agreements Good Faith and Fair Dealing and Misrepresentation
109
The Litigation Process Here Is How
119
Damages What You Can Get
145
To Sue or Not to Sue Some Considerations
157
An End to the InsanityThe Model Employment Termination Act
169
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About the author (2004)

GLENN SOLOMON has 20 years of experience in employment and civil rights law, mostly representing lower- and middle-income clients. He also has considerable experience defending employers. Before beginning private practice, Solomon served as a clerk to a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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