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Friday, February 17, 2012

My New Book For Employees To Be Released in Fall 2012

I'm pleased to announce that I've signed with Career Press to publish my new book, tentatively titled Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Fired, or Sue the Bastards. It will be released this coming Fall. I'll keep you posted on how to pre-order as soon as I know. The book is geared toward helping employees, independent contractors, executives - anyone who can be fired, from the janitor to the CEO. Here's the pitch:

So, you hate your job and are ready to quit. Your boss is a flaming jerk and you’re ready to tell him off. Layoffs are imminent. You think you’re about to be fired. Maybe you think you have a lawsuit that’s your ticket out of the workplace. You’re being harassed.

You face a crucial career moment. Mistakes will cost you dearly.
Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired provides answers to these vital questions and more:
  • What Does it Mean If I Sign A Paper Saying I’m a Contractor, Not an Employee?
  • Am I Exempt From Overtime?
  • I’m Entitled to Breaks, Right?
  • My Boss Is Creating a Hostile Environment. Can I Sue?
  • I Think I’m About to Be Laid Off. How Do I Prepare?
Whether you’re a recent grad entering the workforce or an almost-retiree; newly employed or laid off after 20 years; gay or married with kids; janitor or CEO . . . buy this book if you want specific and relevant advice to help turn those bad situations around or decide to sue the bastards.


  1. From one author to another, congrats. That's very exciting for you.

  2. Thanks Jon! It will be exciting to see my second book in print.

  3. I plan to buy this book! How are we supposed to handle a manager who rules by fear and criticism, isolates herself from the team (took her Christmas lunch plate into her office and shut the door), and appears to have no regard for humanity, like employee exaustion from overtime and overwork. When an employee had to take FMLA for major surgery, she stated, "that's not much notice". We are nurses and so is she, and we aren't used to being treated this way.

  4. Congrats, Donna.
    hope it reaches the top ten. expect to see you on all the financial shows promoting your book now.

    and to think, a big oaf like me rubs cyber elbows with a big celebrity book writer.

    will have to think twice before arguing with you now. lol

  5. Thanks Griper and Kaliki!

    Griper, I suspect you'll still find things to argue with me about :)

    Kaliki, it sounds like you're dealing with a bully, which isn't illegal. You might check out my post here: http://employeeatty.blogspot.com/2010/10/general-harassment-and-bullying-versus.html which deals with this issue.

  6. I needed your book last year. I'm right now trying to figure any which way I possibly can out of my current disaster of a job and into something I'd at least enjoy doing. Which reminds me: I'll be emailing you separately, one lawyer to another, if you don't mind.


  7. I wish I'd had this book last year!


  8. Thanks Saki! Maybe it will be able to help you next time.

  9. Is there some way I can contact you directly? I'd like to informationally interview regarding the best way to switch into employment law after 7 years in energy practice.


  10. Most people are getting out of employment law, not in (at least on the employee side). I'm glad to talk to you about it. My firm website is at http://www.ballmanfirm.com. My email info is there.


I appreciate your comments and general questions but this isn't the place to ask confidential legal questions. If you need an employee-side employment lawyer, try http://exchange.nela.org/findalawyer to locate one in your state.