There is an economic argument popular with conservatives concerning why the government should not set minimum wages or otherwise interfere with pay structures. The argument insists that without government interference, each employee's true economic value will become apparent because "the market" will determine what their work is worth.
Ten years ago very few people were asked to sign contracts that included non compete, non solicitation and confidentiality provisions. Today, that practice seems commonplace. And in today's economy, we see people nearly every week who, after leaving a job on their own or by firing, receive a letter from their former employer threatening a lawsuit and/or demanding that the person either inform the new employer about the restrictive covenants, quit or stop working in their chosen field.
What if you suffer from a disability and find that you need to telecommute but your employer states that your physical presence at work is essential?
Companies that use background checks when making hiring and firing decisions are required to comply with federal and state due process laws to protect people who are fired or rejected in case the information contained in the report is false.