This Article outlines an argument for a federal constitutional right to employment. The Article begins by examining the harms and costs of involuntary long-term unemployment. It then discusses the historical contributions to our understanding of the value of work, before drawing on several well-established jurisprudential distinctions to explain why, and to justify initial optimism regarding a constitutional employment right.
R. George Wright, Toward a Federal Constitutional Right to Employment, 38 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 63 (2014).
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