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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 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.

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

5 Responses to “You Could Be Fired for Reading This Book: Protect Your Employment Rights”

  1. 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.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Anonymous says:

    There are several aspects to this review that I would like to cover.

    First, the author seems very credible, with decades of valuable

    experience, with real-life situations that he’s gone through,

    and this is what people need more and more, versus ivory tower,

    university textbooks from PhD professors who are out of touch.

    Second, perhaps this book will be helpful with the author’s

    consulting profession, as I would guess that a large amount of

    his unbillable, hours wasted was spent explaining the a-b-c’s

    to the average American worker, who would ring him up, or visit

    his office about a labor conflict. This book, I would imagine,

    will help greatly the average person in sizing up what can and

    cannot be done in legal terms about that work conflict.

    Third, the author clearly is more Democrat leaning ideologically

    speaking, so it’s no surprise that this book is for workers,

    and NOT for bosses, or HR Managers or even to kiss up to those

    people looking to overpower and maintain tight control over


    Fourth, it’s written in a layman’s manner, understandable, and

    not disnecessarily or overly complicated, which is the right

    way to present the facts – which themselves, are introductory

    but essential.

    Overall, this is an interesting book for people who don’t have

    any ideas how the workplace and workers’ rights relate to

    laws as they apply to workers and employees.

    e.g. I hired an employment specialized attorney 2 years ago,

    and when I finished reading this book, I began thinking that

    the lawyer I had hired was absolutely clueless in matters of

    law, and was merely trained in procedural events.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. If you are one of the many that have to work for a living, the information contained in this book is important and a little scary. Easy to understand and written with a laid back humor this book informs you of your rights and obligations as an employee. It contains practical information, suggestions and various resources.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Anonymous says:

    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!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. G. Latimer says:

    Thank you, this book is very informative for anyone who has been terminated wrongfully. While not all cases can be tried, there are elements that one can point to in order to put their employment issues and Civil Rights violations into perspective.

    I am greatful to have had the experience reading this book.
    Rating: 5 / 5