Saturday, October 28, 2006


Commenting in the blog has been risky, but the courts have made it likewise for employers. A dismissal for cause is hard to justify on the basis of suspicion. In a right to work state, however, you can be fired for wearing the wrong style of shoes. Right to be fired for any reason might be more appropriate. So the northeastern crowd has the advantage.

One of the things that I was referred to was a legal guide for bloggers, which may turn out to be quite handy.

But, as they say: "Don't worry, be happy...."


Anonymous said...

They may be able to go after their employees for daring to post on this site, but since I don't have to worry about that fear, I'm safe.

As an ex-employee, they're perfectly welcome to try to go after me- matter of fact, I welcome it. It's time some sharp lawyer gets to go after this bunch of corporate thugs. As long as I stick to the truth, I'm OK.

I can tell you from firsthand experience that they don't follow their own written-down-for all-to-see disciplinary guidelines when it comes to employees. One goof, and if the big cheese don't like you much, take a hike. Even if said goof did not harm patient care in any way (if it did, I could understand it), if the boss is having a bad day, or you insulted his friend, you are gone.

Such is life in a right-to-work state. E$$ent, and any other company, can use this law as a cudgel to keep their nonunion employees in line. Never mind company loyalty or employee satisfaction- scare 'em into submission.

IMO, right to work should mean right to work without fear of browbeating, corporate bullying, or (as you put it) Stalinist conditions. This corporation operated behind the facade of a Potemkim village, presenting the face of corporate strength, caring executives, and advanced state-of-the-art technology aimed at better patient care. And, of course, the local fishwrap buys into it, content on reporting tea-and-cookie news instead of the real skinny.

But hey, what do I know? I'm just a disgruntled ex-employee, so the detractors and Hud-apologist tailkissers would have you believe.

Anonymous said...

Yep, Texas is known for it's corporate thugs when dealing with emmployee rights. So if the dog supposedly guarding the henhouse is in cahoots with the fox, whaddya do? Leave, and I don't just mean the company.

Anonymous said...

Well I don't see how being a Right to Work state equals Companies have the right to beat their workers into submission. Workers should have rights too.

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right about that last comment, but unfortunately the Powers That Be don't see things that way. I'm a proponent of the free enterprise system and favor capitalism over, say, socialism or its insidious cousin communism, but even capitalism can be done wrong. Sadly, in the sace of E$$ent, it's the latter.

And lest some wisea** say I'm whining, I landed on my feet after leaving Paris, and am still employed in the field, no thanks to Dud. My heart goes out to the friends and co-workers I left behind who are so deeply invested into the area that they can't leave- they're the ones who are getting it with no kisses, flowers, or promises of a call in the morning.