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View Diary: This week in the War on Workers: If you're not born rich, how do you rise? (58 comments)

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  •  I'm in IT/medical programming and work (0+ / 0-)

    mostly contract/hourly. There are scores of recruiters with various business models and boilerplate they want you to sign. Some are better than others. I NEVER SIGN ANY "agreement" that even hints of exclusivity. First of all, it's an injustice, akin to high-tech slavery - second it's probably unenforceable legally in just about any state. I'd much rather not work at all than allow myself to be in harness to some of the slime contract-writers out there. But unfortunately, sometimes they get away with it - especially when the job-seeker has few choices -- many of the "talent shops" out there are run by immigrants (usually from India) sponsoring H1B visa workers, also from India or Banglasesh. They exploit their own kind. The way the job seekers are treated amounts to a modern version of indentured servitude. Then they try to pull that crap on some of us US citizens - I zap them with a long and intimidating harangue about how they are breaking slavery laws and how if I don't sue them, someone soon will...

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