Can they do that?

Can your boss fire you for what you write about in your personal blog? Can you be pink-slipped over a bumper sticker? Can your employer dismiss you for having a beer after work?

Yes. Yes. And, horrifyingly, yes.

Few Americans are truly aware of what happens to their legal rights once they punch the clock. That’s why Lewis Maltby, president and founder of the National Workrights Institute, wrote Can They Do That: Retaking Our Fundamental Rights in the Workplace.


The book untangles the complex web of laws and regulations surrounding the powers that employers have over their workers, much of which is quite shocking. Employees have been spied on in the bathroom, asked personal questions about their sex lives, and harassed about political and religious beliefs. And as the book describes, it’s all legal under current law.

Since its release late last year, the book has received acclaim from both critics and policymakers. “Congress needs to do more to protect the rights of the American worker,” wrote Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), “This book can provide a road map.”

One stop on that road map?  Passing the Employee Free Choice Act, so workers can freely and fairly form unions and bargain collectively.  Without a union, workers can be fired “at will” for any reason. Union contracts give workers protection against the whims of companies and employers-so workers don’t leave their rights at the door of the factory or the office.

Want to learn more? Maltby continues the discussion of workplace at the Can They Do That? Blog.

Click here to buy the book.

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