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Contemporary Employment Law 2E

Chapter 1: Employment Law Overview

"The difference between a job and a career is the difference between 40 and 60 hours a week." --Robert Frost

Chapter 2: Recruitment, Selection, Testing, and Termination

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt

Chapter 3: Contract and Tort Claims in Employment

"A fool vents all his feelings, but a wise man holds them back." --Proverbs 29:11

Chapter 4: Discrimination Claims, EEOC Proceedings, and Alternative Dispute Resolution

"Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence." --Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle, Chapter 1

Chapter 5: Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action

"The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others." --Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat, former Secretary General of the United Nations

Chapter 6: Race, Color, and National Origin Discrimination

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord." --Martin Luther King, Jr., I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, a speech made the day before his assassination.

Chapter 7: Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Orientation Protection

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt

Chapter 8. Religious Discrimination

"All religions are equally independent here, our laws knowing no distinction of country, of classes among individuals and with nations, our [creed] is justice and reciprocity." --Thomas Jefferson

Chapter 9 : Disability Discrimination

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way it takes care for its helpless members." --Pearl S. Buck, American novelist and humanitarian

Chapter 10: Age Discrimination

"Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" --Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, sc.1, l-40

Chapter 11. Work-Family Issues and other EEO Protections

"We believe that all men are created equal -- yet many are denied equal treatment. We believe that all men have certain inalienable rights. We believe that all men are entitled to the blessings of liberty -- yet millions are being deprived of those blessings, not because of their own failures, but because of the color of their skins.

The reasons are deeply embedded in history and tradition and the nature of man. We can understand without rancor or hatred how all this happens. But it cannot continue. Our Constitution, the foundation of our Republic, forbids it. The principles of our freedom forbid it. Morality forbids it. And the law I sign tonight forbids it..." --President Lyndon B. Johnson upon signing the CRA

Chapter 12. Workplace Privacy

"You have zero privacy. Get over it." --Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems’ former CEO

Chapter 13: Federal Labor Relations

"As Abraham Lincoln said of labor:
All that serves labor serves the nation. All that harms labor is treason to America. No line can be drawn between these two.
If a man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.
If a man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.
There is no America without labor, and to fleece the one is to rob the other."
--Senator John F. Kennedy, Speech, Eugene, Oregon, May 17, 1960.

Chapter 14: Wage and Hour Laws

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." --Upton Sinclair

Chapter 15: Occupational Safety and Workers Compensation

"For lack of guidance a people falls; security lies in many counselors." --- Proverbs 11:14

Chapter 16: Retirement and Employee Benefits

"From 1991 to 2005 the cost of fringe benefits (mainly health insurance) rose nearly twice as fast as wages." --Robert J. Samuelson, The Washington Post, December 27, 2006.

Chapter 17: Immigration Law in the Workplace

"America's economic growth is driven by population growth, which is expanding rapidly because of immigration. European populations are stagnating -- they are becoming gentrified. One of Japan's biggest problems is that its population is shrinking and graying. That's what's making its economic decline so difficult to repair." ---Malcolm Tulloch, investment advisor

Chapter 18: The Multinational Employer

"...Countries trade because they are different from each other. Nations, like individuals, can benefit from their differences by reaching an arrangement in which each does the things it does relatively well..." ---Paul Krugman, Nobel Laureate in Economics