Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit

Subject: Re: Tech Writer Lawsuit
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: Techw-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 08:16:53 +1000

Gene Kim-Eng wrote:
> The computer software writer provision appears to be
> a major factor (if not *the* major factor), since it is being
> specifically cited as what excludes "technical writers"
> (actually, only *computer software* technical writers, but
> it seems that this list is not the only place where many
> people think there are no technical writers in any other
> field or industry).
> Neutral (2)
> The parties settle out of court. Hoenemier gets an
> undisclosed payment to go away, nobody is found
> in the wrong, there are no workplace impacts.

*** Speaking as an observer and not having any inside
information about Sun and this case whatsoever ***

Personally, I doubt this will be settled out of court.
It would set a bad precedent and would essentially
mean that Sun would passively be admitting wrongdoing.
This might serve as a test case of the CA statute
generally to change industry-wide practice but if
it comes down to having to prove that Sun behaved
egregiously in setting hours or treatment of this
employee, I don't think Hoenemier will succeed. The
original article pointed out that the suit needed
to find at least one more person to join to qualify
as a class action suit and also said that Sun writers
did not join when approached.

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