Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 10:39:24 -0700

I've never worked for a computer software company,
so I haven't given this definition of "exempt" a close
reading. I guess it explains why software technical
writers complain so much about being treated like
"glorified secretaries." Comparing this description to
the other job types listed in section 5, they are.

Gene Kim-Eng



----- Original Message -----
From: "Laura Lemay" <lemay -at- lauralemay -dot- com>
> The important part of that section is 5e:
>
> e. The employee is a writer engaged in writing material, including box
> labels, product descriptions, documentation, promotional material,
> setup and installation
> instructions, and other similar written information, either for print
> or for
> onscreen media or who writes or provides content material intended to
> be read by
> customers, subscribers, or visitors to computer-related media such as
> the World
> Wide Web or CD-ROMS.
>
> This is the tech writer and web designer clause that the National
> Writer's Union fought to add to the 2002 computer professional section
> of CA labor law. Tech writers are supposed to be explicitly
> non-exempt in California. They almost never are.
>
> This is the core of the the Hoenemier lawsuit.

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References:
Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Eric J. Ray
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Rob Hudson
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Laura Lemay
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Laura Lemay

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