This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
FIRED! by Steven Mitchell Sack is a non-fiction self-help and educational reference for those ever in need of guidance to “Protect Your Rights & FIGHT BACK If You're Terminated, Laid Off, Downsized, Restructured, Forced to Resign or Quit”. Sack has an extensive background in the industry as a respected lawyer for workers' rights and shares a wealth of knowledge in his latest book. Sacks breaks the information down into three distinct and interconnected parts: Part one, Determining When You Are Being Treated Unlawfully; Part two, Negotiating The Best Severance Package After You Are Fired; and Part three, Fighting Back. Within these parts Sacks covers a massive number of topics that include, but are by no means limited to, discriminatory firings, firings that are retaliatory, intended to deprive one of their benefits or for policy violations, being prepared and handling it with professionalism, negotiating and knowing what not to sign, resignation, unemployment and how your lawyer might play hard-ball on your behalf if it comes to that.
A member of my immediate family successfully settled a suit against a major pharmaceutical company who fired him under a ridiculous pretense after years of unsuccessfully pressuring him to retire. Ageism is real, and when a twenty-something firecracker is willing to take on double the work for half the pay of a company veteran of several decades, it is people like lawyer and author Steven Mitchell Sack who are the heroes that walk into a boardroom with a crisp Windsor knot instead of a cape and save the day. This is an excellent resource with so much more information than I've ever seen in a guide like this, and the fact that is completely up to date, easy to follow and understand, and packed with sample letters puts it at the top of its class. Most interesting to me in Fired! is the chapter on Job References and Defamation Lawsuits. It was surprising to read how courts have sided with former employees for defamation that is certainly passive-aggressive, but not what most would consider illegal. In the example used, an employer was clearing the former employee's office and when co-workers asked what had happened, he answered, “You don't want to know.” Do you see now why you need to be armed with more than just online forums and internet searches? Aside from assisting those in need, this book will no doubt be of benefit to those who work in the field of human resources, who are already lawyers but can use a brush-up, or people like me who just want to learn something new. Very highly recommended.