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Joe Gordon, the bookseller dismissed by his employer for airing his thoughts in a web log ("Blog"), has successfully appealed against his dismissal and has been offered reinstatement. He had, however, been headhunted by The Forbidden Planet chain of specialist bookshops, and an amicable settlement was achieved in place of reinstatement.

Paul Lee, RBA National Officer, said:
"It is good to see that common sense prevailed and pleasing to report that our representations in the internal appeal were well heard and acted upon.I was surprised by the original, local decision to dismiss as Waterstone's has a good reputation in such matters, and the company is generally very open-minded.Things may have been different, however, if commentary such as this had been truly in the public domain rather than in a hard to find blogsite."

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