Verbal Communication using words. Its opposite, "non-verbal," refers to gestures and grunts. Verbal communication may be oral or written. (NOTE: Do not use "verbal" when you mean "oral" as in an ‘oral warning').
Vesting A contractual right by which an
employee, after a designated period of employment, is entitled to the pension benefits earned
his/her service is terminated.
Waiver The intentional (knowing) and
voluntary relinquishment of a known right. so called
after a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court decision (420 US 251) which ruled that an employee has the right to a union representative in any interview the employer might hold that is intended to investigate a possible discipline charge against the employee. Click Weingarten for more information.
Whistleblower an employee or former employee who reports misconduct to government agencies or entities that have the authority to take corrective action.
Wildcat strike a spontaneously organized
strike triggered by an incident on the job, usually unauthorized by the union leadership and of
Without prejudice Used when a case or
grievance is being dismissed this phrase means that the right or privilege of the complainant to
again on the same cause of action is not thereby lost or waived. The phrase is used expressly to
prevent the dismissal from operating as a bar to a subsequent suit or grievance.
Writ A process (document) of a court ordering
a public officer or a private person to do a certain act.
Wrongful TerminationA civil action or lawsuit broght by a discharged employee against the employer, alleging that the termination violated or breached a statutory right, express public policy, or an employment contract. See also At-Will.