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Can They Do That?: Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace Hardcover – December 31, 2009
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-Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
"Lew Maltby has written a very important book about a subject that has not received nearly the attention it deserves. Congress needs to do more to protect the rights of the American worker. This book can provide a road map."
-Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ)
"Can They Do That? tells Americans the sad truth that their constitutional rights disappear when they go to work and what we must do to end this injustice."
-Nadine Strossen, former president, ACLU; professor of law, New York Law School
"An important book from a tireless champion of workplace human rights."
-Paul S. Miller, former president, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; director, Disability Studies Program, and Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
"This is a cogent and compelling look at the issues involved as well as a guide to the principles and practices that would make America more authentically and richly democratic. It should be read and debated by legislators, journalists, academics and the broad public alike."
-Richard S. Parker, president, Americans for Democratic Action "With hard-hitting prose and vivid true-life examples, Lewis Maltby lashes out at employer violations of what most workers assume are their inalienable rights...Existing law doesn't prevent employers from firing employees for expressing a political opinion in a personal blog, spying on them in company restrooms, or refusing to hire them because they failed a defective drug test, credit check, or personality profile."
-Theodore J. St. Antoine, Degan Professor Emeritus of Law and former dean, University of Michigan Law School
"Can They Do That? gives Americans important information they need to know about their rights in the workplace. In clear language, Lewis Maltby unravels the sometimes confusing web of laws and regulations that help shape what happens to employees in America."
-Fred Feinstein, former general counsel, National Labor Relations Board
Top Customer Reviews
While rank and file employees need to know just how powerless they truly are, this should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in labor issues. To give just one example of the great breadth of the information contained here, the history of the concept of "at will" employment is enough to make you cringe. You may think this is some historic concept that came down to us from some anlgo historical precedent... but you would be wrong and amazed by the reality. Maltby does an excellent job of explaining the legal issues in layman's terms and also shows the real and specific impact of the legal situation with true-life examples that are at turns horrifying, enlightening and some that are almost ludicrous if not for the seriousness of the outcomes. Maltby also does an admirable job of explaining issues from both the employee's point of view and the employer's. Though as Director of the National Workrights Institute and a former ACLU attorney his sympathies are clear. But if you ever worked for someone else or ever plan to, you need to read this book. If you are horrified enough to want to take action he tells you how to do that too.
There are now millions of people around the world viewing innocent Americans taking off their clothes in locker rooms or going to the bathroom. Privacy has been digitized in the work place, stores, and places you would't want to know about.
The Supreme Court found out that court adminstrators were secretly monitoring the computers of EVERYONE in the federal court system, including themselves, the supremes, and even when they traveled w/their laptops, and even though it was entirely legal by their very own rulings. Of course they put an immediate stop on the the supremes music that was being played. A case of supreme denial in the classic case of: do as I say, not as I do.
If you are logged onto your company computer from your home, your computer is now part of their network and will be searched just like all the others.
These and many other news flashes are just the tip of the iceberg in this superb analysis of the workplace, encompassing an ever widening infuence & confluence of interests and parameters. Even in the hot lingerie business where a company began selling bras with tiny hidden GPS transmitters, probably for men looking for which direction their relationship was going.
Retinal scanning can now reveal whether a person has diabetes, is pregnant, has high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, AIDs, etc.
Identity thieves can now capture biometric identification.Read more ›
Overall, I would highly recommend this book, for those who both curious on the subject of corruption in the workplace and even for those who believe that they know everything there is to know about the concept. Mr. Maltby does a commendable job at bringing forth issues that wouldn't have gotten much attention otherwise, and in turns helps the reader open up their eyes and in turn brings up the possibility of a brighter future in the workplace.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Clearly illuminates what a completely arbitrary place the workplace can be. Food for thought if when considering "Is this the job I really want to commit to?.Published on May 31, 2014 by Christopher Bates
while the book was in shape, the content was very biased and without sources. Author made many claims about employment practices without qualifying them.Published on May 20, 2014 by Anthony Novak
I liked this book because I've got the "hell yeahs" about righting the wrongs of the American workplace. There's
some good info here. Read more
I recommend every person starting to work read this book to avoid making mistakes. This is important for young people who may not realize that everything on social media is... Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by Linda A.
This book was well written and very informative. It covers a wide range of topics relating to workplace rights. I was very pleased.Published on November 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
All nonfiction reviews come from individuals who have all levels of knowledge (or lack thereof) about the subject matter in books we buy. So for me..... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Barbara S. Capps
Though there are some scary examples of how few rights American workers have in the workplace, I found little information that I didn't already know. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by STPUD