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Can They Do That?: Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace Hardcover – December 31, 2009
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Maltby, president and founder of the National Workrights Institute, provides chilling insight into personal rights in the workplace and existing laws, which, with rare exception, side with employers. Such liberties as freedom of speech, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, protect us only from governmental intrusions and do nothing to safeguard us from private enterprise. Maltby relays shocking stories of employer abuses, including tracking employees through cell phone GPS locators, placing hidden cameras in restrooms, and asking potential employees for details on everything from religious beliefs to sex lives. A staggering 20% of employers now require employees to agree before being hired not to go to court if the corporation violates their legal rights. Maltby shows employees how to protect themselves as much as possible under the existing laws and urges them to fight for bringing the Bill of Rights to apply to the private sector. Appendixes provide sample letters to elected representatives and human rights organizations as well as an Employee Bill of Rights. A disturbing and essential exposé that may be a catalyst for change. (Jan.)
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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
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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.
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.
some good info here. Thanks to the author for sharing his expertise. Good info and read, but there's a bigger
tornado, and it's already outside our windows.