RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: John Hedtke <john -at- hedtke -dot- com>
To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 09:19:29 -0700

I'm married to a judge (that's a lawyer in
recovery, btw), so I get to hang out with a lot
of lawyers and judges. While there are some real
ambulance chasers out there, I think every lawyer
I've ever known has been hesitant to sue anybody
if they think there's a chance that it's not
necessary. And even then, they'll tend to raise
the question "Is it worth it to you to spend this
much time and emotional energy (and, frequently,
money up front) to sue someone?"

(Just popped my head up for a moment--back to
work, back to work. I've got chapter 7 on the run. :) )

Yours truly,

John Hedtke
Author/Consultant/Contract Writer
www.hedtke.com <-- website
541-685-5000 (office landline)
541-554-2189 (cell)
john -at- hedtke -dot- com (primary email)
johnhedtke -at- aol -dot- com (secondary email)


At 09:05 AM 5/15/2008, Al Geist wrote:
>Jodie Gilmore ranted:
>
>"No one FORCED these people to work overtime - they could always quit and go
>get a job that did pay overtime (like CNC machine milling, for instance)."
>
>Absolutely correct. They could sell their houses, pack up the kids and, like
>the Dust Bowl Days, move on to "greener pastures. Or, the company could do
>the right thing and pay people for the work they do. By denying overtime,
>Sun is actually cutting the contractual wages from $48 per hour to $32 per
>hour. Can we assume that you would be more than glad to take a corresponding
>reduction in earnings.
>
>"They must have known up front when they were hired that they weren't going
>to get overtime. If that was an issue for them, they should not have
>accepted the position."
>
>Sometimes you have to accept something that isn't perfect in order to
>survive. It ain't cheap to live in the Bay Area and it costs money to move,
>so you take what you can get.
>
>"They could have also tried negotiating with the boss(es) to see if, like
>CPAs, when there was a period where they worked TONS of overtime, they could
>possibly trade and get a Friday off occasionally during light periods, for
>instance."
>
>That did sound like an option.
>
>"There are lots of creative solutions that do not require the services of
>over-paid greedy lawyers."
>
>Calling lawyers over-paid and greedy is so cliché.
>
>
>Al Geist
>Technical Communicator, Help, Web Design, Video, Photography
>Office/Msg: 802-872-9091
>Cell: 802-578-3964
>Website: www.geistassociates.com
>See Also:
>Fine Art Photography
>Website: www.geistimages.com
>
>"...I walked to work, quit my job, and kept walking. Better to be a pilgrim
>without a destination, I figured, than to cross the wrong threshold each
>day." (Anon.)
>
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Follow-Ups:

References:
Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Eric J. Ray
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Rob Hudson
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Jodie Gilmore
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Al Geist

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