Loyola Consumer Law Review
For most of us, employment is our most significant consumer activity. People shop for employment just as they shop for goods and services. Generally, the at-will employment doctrine gives workers the freedom to leave one company for another whenever they determine that the alternative employer is offering the worker (a “consumer” of employment opportunities) a more attractive employment package or opportunity. Workers compare wage rates, benefits, skills required, and restrictions in determining which job package to “purchase” with their labor. As a society we also recognize employment as a consumer activity. Consumer protection laws regulate workplace safety and health conditions, prescribe a minimum wage for some workers, and specify remedies for workplace related injuries.
John H. Matheson, Employee Beware: The Irreparable Damage of the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, 10 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 145 (1998), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/109.