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Work Smarts for Women: The Essential Sex Discrimination Survival Guide Paperback – January 4, 2000


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (January 4, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345422619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345422613
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,132,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1993, after a pregnancy, Paniccia was fired from her position as broadcast journalist by a major television network. She sued the network and subsequently settled out of court. Drawing on that experience and her training as an attorney, she has assembled an informative look at all forms of workplace discrimination--harassment, disparate pay and benefits, glass ceiling issues, and unequal treatment due to pregnancy, age, weight, or appearance. She reviews pertinent civil rights legislation and explains the exceptions--workplaces, individuals, or situations that may not come under the protection of those laws. Chapters advise how to take action against an employer; how to file a complaint with the employer or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and the ins and outs of lawyers' fees. Appendixes list state human rights' agencies, web sites and organizations that offer information and help, and the text of applicable legislation. This book is specific, reliable, and practical. Recommended for most public libraries.
-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Corporations spend millions of dollars to protect themselves from sex discrimination lawsuits. Now here's the book that will protect you!

In 1993, CNN correspondent Patti Paniccia was one of 30 million American women who suffered sex discrimination on the job. After the birth of her second child, Paniccia was told by her male bureau chief, "You're not fired, you're just being replaced." Her replacement? A man whose childless state would allow him to work any time, any day--including holidays. (Never mind that Paniccia had worked most weekends and holidays for four years, and was prepared to continue doing so.) Paniccia, a lawyer, sued CNN for sex discrimination. Her case, which made national headlines, was settled after more than two years of court hearings, appeals, and depositions.

When Paniccia was fired, she could find no comprehensive guide that outlined her rights and options in the face of sex discrimination. This indispensable resource is the result of her extensive research--an authoritative, clearly written book for employees, supervisors, or anyone wishing to understand what constitutes sex discrimination and the legal steps to take when the offense has been committed. Inside you'll discover vital information, including

- Your job search: what questions you cannot be asked, and what words and phrases to watch out for on a job application.
- How what you say during your performance reviews can be used against you.
- How to avoid the four biggest mistakes women make in discrimination battles.
- Getting fired--invaluable facts about exit interviews, separation agreements, and future job references.
- How and where to lodge a discrimination complaint.
- Basic rules to follow during a dispute.
- What to expect if you sue.
- How to interview an attorney: ten questions you should ask.

Protect yourself and your job by knowing your rights.


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We found the book to be a well written and informative guide.
Neil Framer
It will help you decide what course of action is best for you and how to go about achieving your goals.
Learned The Hard Way
Paniccia did a great service for any woman that may be thinking of filing a sexual discrimination suit.
D. West

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. West VINE VOICE on March 27, 2002
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Paniccia did a great service for any woman that may be thinking of filing a sexual discrimination suit. Especially, if they already have filed suit and have a lawyer who is not forthcoming about what to expect.
There were some areas of interest that I personally have that Paniccia did not cover, but overall this is a worthy read if you're contemplating a lawsuit. It will prepare you in many ways and this type of preparation is necessary in order to survive a lawsuit of this nature. No one but a woman who has endured sexual discrimination or retaliation could understand.
Whereas Paniccia's case was outright and obvious with her "mommydom" memo, there are many women, I believe, who are constantly enduring discrimination only in more oblique/obtuse ways that can easily be covered over or explained away. This is especially true in today's society where I do not think the court system is favorable to the individual. Finding a lawyer who is truly dedicated to your cause and remembers that it's your case and you lived it is very important to succeeding. These types of lawyers are few and far betweeen. What with case loads so high, and the push by firms to take clients that can make big settlements, these cases often don't get the attention they deserve.
Maybe if they made the settlements higher, more lawyers would be inclined to take the cases and then maybe there would be less tolerance in the workplace for this type of behavior. Right now, it's still a good 'ol boy system and as long as it is, they'll make and break the rules as they please!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Learned The Hard Way on September 27, 2000
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I read a review of Work Smarts for Women while I was living through a nightmare sexual harassment situation. I anxiously awaited the book release. I bought it as soon as it was available. If I had access to this book prior to reporting the situation according to organizational policy I would have known that following organizational policy is contrary to my best interest.
Everyone has to decide what course of action is best for themselves. Read this book before you try to work with organizational management. It will help you decide what course of action is best for you and how to go about achieving your goals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Makana on March 15, 2000
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work smarts for women is a great resource for employers and all working women in the united states. it is well written and simple to read. it offers a complete explanation of our complicated discrimination laws and the process developed by those laws. real life stories of women who suffered discrimination are used to show how the laws and processes work. paniccia's hard work should be appreciated by both employees and human resource departments.
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