Can They Do That? Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Worldplace

ISBN-10: 1591842824
ISBN-13: 9781591842828
Edition: 2010
Authors: Lewis Maltby
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Description: Brilliantly lays out the bitter truth: that the American workplace is a dictatorship where workers have few, if any, rights." -Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed An expose of the shocking ways that companies invade employees' privacy and  More...

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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/31/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Brilliantly lays out the bitter truth: that the American workplace is a dictatorship where workers have few, if any, rights." -Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed An expose of the shocking ways that companies invade employees' privacy and restrict their freedom. Is it legal for your employer to fire you for writing a letter to the editor? Or for putting the "wrong" candidate's bumper sticker on your car? If you answered no, prepare to be shocked. Americans assume that their basic rights, such as privacy and freedom of speech, remain in force when they go to work. But what if your boss checked your personal e-mail to see if you were really working over the weekend? Or fired you after discovering you had a disease? Workers' rights advocate Lewis Maltby shares dozens of stories of employees who have been fired or harassed unfairly-but legally. Consider: •A man denied a job at a retail chain for failing a psychological test that probed his sex life, religious beliefs, even his bathroom habits •A group of women at a storage company with no legal recourse after discovering a hidden camera installed by their manager in the women's restroom •A longtime employee dismissed for having a beer after work, because his boss believed drinking was a sin Over the last twenty years, Maltby has heard hundreds of stories just like these. His expose will change the way you think about your workplace. Bosses abuse and take advantage of their employees every day and get away with it. If a worker steals a hundred dollars out of the cash register and gets caught, he will be criminally prosecuted and very possibly sent to prison. If an employer steals a hundred dollars in wages from a worker, or a hundred dollars from every worker in the company, there is virtually no chance of criminal prosecution. There is a silver lining, however. As Maltby shows, there are steps that we all can take to restore our rights in the workplace.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
You Have the Right to Remain Silent: Freedom of Speech in the Workplace
Smile, you're on Candid Camera: Privacy in the Workplace
Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Employer Control of Personal Lives
Wrongful Discharge and Employment at Will
No Second Chances: Background Checks
A Penny for Your Thoughts: Psychological Testing by Employers
Drug Testing
Brave New Workplace: Genetic Discrimination
Plant Closings
There's Strength in Numbers: The Right to Organize
The Judge Is Not Your Friend: Obstacles to Justice Even When the Law is on Your Side
Tell it to the Arbitrator
The Rights You Have
Exporting Human Rights: The United States and the Third World
Capitalism and Freedom
Taking Back Our Rights
Appendixes
Model Corporate Privacy Policy
Guidelines for IBM Bloggers: Executive Summary
Sample Letter to Elected Representatives
Sample Letter to Human Rights Organizations
Employee Bill of Rights
National Workrights Institute Membership Application
Index

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