Workplace law is misunderstood by lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Fortunately employee rights attorney Donna Ballman has written Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired to help educate employees and their potential advocates about how to protect their rights in the workplace. Lawyers and non-lawyers alike should find this book useful because it provides common-sense advice in plain language to a wide variety of issues that arise in the employee-employer relationship.
The phrase “resolve workplace conflicts before you quit, get axed or sue the bastards” is the subtitle of this book. This book gives good advice as to how to counsel client’s and potential clients. A lot of Ballman’s wisdom might be ingrained in experienced employment law practitioners but I think it is useful to young attorneys wanting to start in employment law or a more experienced attorney who wants to expand their practice into employment law.
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Though this book isn’t written for lawyers and I think it is useful for employee-side employment lawyers of all levels of experience. For the beginning level-practitioner this book is good for issue spotting. It is also a good way for beginning lawyers to avoiding cases that seem to be good on the facts but that will be dismissed as a matter of law. Another strength of this book is that it shows many examples how a reasonable, smart person should defend their rights at work and how an ill-informed and unreasonable person acts in the same situation. The book provides plenty of ways that you as a lawyer can advise employess. Also by showing how what actions the theoretical dumb employee would take, Ballman’s book shows you which cases to turn down and gives you an idea of when you should cut your losses on a case if you are already involved in litigation.
If you understand the basics of employment law litigation, this book is still worth your time as well. First of all it is never a bad idea to hear someone else’s take on the basics. Also the book has lots of little nuggets that someone who practices employment law will appreciate. . . .