The Employee Rights Handbook: Effective Legal Strategies to Protect Your Job from Interview to Pink Slip
Steven Mitchell Sack
Legal Strategies Inc. (2010)
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (11/10)
Steven Mitchell Sack, known as The Employee’s Lawyer®, has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “CNBC’s Smart Money,” and has written more than eight legal self-help books aimed at helping people avoid being taken advantage of by their employers. The third edition of “The Employee Rights Handbook” continues the trend by providing information in a variety of areas.
The book is organized in an easy-to-understand way, making information easy to locate as the chapters follow the natural progression of employment. Starting with ‘How to Be Hired Properly’ and going all the way to ‘Post-Termination Issues,’ helpful information is provided to assist you with making the right legal decisions. The last section of the book contains information regarding litigation and how to hire an attorney for those matters that require professional assistance.
Your legal rights are explained in an easy-to-understand manner, with almost no ‘attorney-speak’ to clutter up the information. Each chapter is self-contained so there is no need to read the book from cover to cover, although you may be surprised at what you learn if you read through the chapters you think don’t pertain to you. Did you know that phrases in Help Wanted ads like “age 25 to 35 preferred,” “recent college graduate,” “sales trainee, any recent degree,” and “sales executive, 2-4 years out of college” may illegally discriminate against the employment of older persons when used in relation to specific job? The info is right there on page 4 in the ‘Avoiding Pre-hiring Abuses’ section.
In addition to telling you about your rights, Mr. Sack also provides tools to help you obtain those rights. Sprinkled liberally throughout the book are sample letters that can be tailored to a variety of legal situations, including letters and follow-up letters requesting a smoke-free environment and a complaint letter to a job search firm.
Searching for a job can be stressful and sometimes it’s too easy to take a job that’s offered without considering anything more than the paycheck, but there’s more to be considered than merely what you can offer the employer. You also need to think about what the employer can offer you, and ensure that promises made during the ‘courtship’ stage are still honored after the new has worn off. “The Employee Rights Handbook” will provide the answers you need, as well as offer up some new questions to ask that you may not have previously considered.