Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 10:18:28 +1000

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> I won't be surprised if I hear the plaintiff in this case make
> that claim, either.
>
> Reality will probably turn out to be something somewhere
> in between the two extremes, as suggested by Janice: a
> writer who might have been very effective in the old
> company, but was a poor match for a new company
> environment that most of Sun's existing writers find
> exhilarating rather than abusive.
>

A colleague just sent me this link to a former Sun
writer's blog, which Dani has posted to:
http://www.goer.org/Journal/2007/06/how_to_po_a_tw.html

From what I see here, the fault appears to be with her
manager rather than with general Sun corporate expectations.
For example, she says "At Sun, our team was forced to come
into the office on weekends regardless of whether we still
have work to complete; it was simply to occupy a chair and
be seen by management. Granted, that is probably the extreme,
but it happens."

That has not been my experience at Sun, nor do I think
it is the experience of the writers, which might be why
most of them did not choose to join the lawsuit. Perhaps
the manager from her old company was trying to brown-nose
to look better to Sun management and the writers got
caught in the middle.

-- Janice

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References:
RE: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Lauren
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Ned Bedinger
Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit: From: Gene Kim-Eng

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