Bilal El-Amine, 33, thought he was on a roll when he landed a $20-an-hour freelance gig at Avon Products, Inc., last fall. El-Amine recalls that he quickly pleased his boss by skillfully proofreading the company's brochures, checking product numbers for everything from mascara to Teletubbies. An employment agency had placed El-Amine at Avon, and he says his supervisor had invited him to stay on after his trial period ended. But on October 21, 1998— seven weeks after he started at Avon— El-Amine got sacked without... More >>>