RE: Technical Test

Subject: RE: Technical Test
From: "David Berg" <dberg -at- dmpnet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2001 08:59:28 -0600

> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-42532 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of barry
> batorsky
> We are an under-litigated country, especially in the area of employee
> rights. I hate but am as ready as any employer to hire lawyers.

The willingness to hire a lawyer and the ability are two different things.
Several years ago, I unsuccessfully tried for nearly a month to meet with
management (yes, they flat-out refused to even talk with me). I finally
addressed my concerns about my job by walking into my supervisor's office
and telling him, and showing him in black and white, that the recent changes
they had made to my job requirements and compensation (all of which had been
specifically addressed before I agreed to accept the position) were so
drastic that they were in violation of federal wage and labor laws in
several areas. Roughly 24-hours later they called me into the office and
fired me.

I was living and working in a small town at the time, so it didn't surprise
me too much when no local attorney wanted to take the case. What really got
to me was when I contacted numerous lawyers up to 90 minutes away and the
only response I ever received was "we only represent management in labor
disputes." And yes, I did try asking for referrals to anyone willing to
represent an employee, but no one I spoke to could give me a name.

I disagree with Barry that we are, as a rule, under-litigated. Practically
any area with the promise of big bucks is _well_ litigated. On the other
hand, any area where there is little promise of riches, such as helping the
"common man," or standing up for rights and principle, is often

For a tiny TW tie-in (which I won't pretend is enough to bring this back on
topic), I do worry about the extent that legal wrangling has made our
culture so paranoid that we have to write absurd disclaimers and warnings to
protect against imaginative attorneys who make a living at misconstruing
obvious intent.

David Berg

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