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Valuable ammunition to help you take charge of the termination process and negotiate the best possible severance package Americans are being laid off in record numbers. In just the first quarter of 1996, 10.8 million Americans lost their jobs. Now, Firing Back shows them how to turn a bad situation to their advantage. Jodie-Beth Galos, an attorney and human resources expert who has dealt with this issue from both sides of the negotiating table, shows readers how to take control of their futures and arms them with the knowledge and skills they need to negotiate the best severance deal possible. She provides detailed strategies for taking charge at each stage of the entire process-from the first signs of imminent dismissal to taking an employer to court for unfair or illegal termination. * Offers guidelines on mastering the art of severance negotiation, countering employers' tactics, cutting a successful exit deal, and working with a lawyer * Features a wealth of valuable information on pertinent employment law, health insurance, investment possibilities (i.e., transferring 401(k) accounts) and more JODIE-BETH GALOS (Millerton, New York) is an attorney with 20 years' experience in la;She directed human resource departments at Shearson Lehman Brothers, Smith Barney, and Saks Fifth Avenue. SANDY McINTOSH, PhD, (New York, New York) is a freelance writer and editor.