RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: "Keith Hansen" <KRH -at- weiland-wfg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 12:00:36 -0500

Suzette wrote:

<<It has been my experience that during an interview, a company will
state that overtime without pay is sometimes required and when pressed,
they'll say it's only a few hours a week. Then when in the job, the
reality is that the overtime requirement is 50%+, and to me, that's

Some time ago, I posed the following hypothetical scenario on the list.
Since the topic came up again, I'll pose it again (curious to hear any
additional comments)....

* Person interviews with company. In interview, company states that
"overtime without pay is sometimes required [but] it's only a few hours
a week." Person accepts job offer on this understanding.

* Later on, company demands the person work 80 hours per week on a
regular basis.

* Person says he/she is willing to work 80 hours provided salary is
doubled. Company refuses.

* Person refuses to work 80 hours. Company terminates person.

* Person files claim for unemployment compensation.

Question: Is there any way the company could successfully contest the

Just curious. I have never been in such a situation, so perhaps my
question is a reflection of my ignorance!


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