Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp 951–954

Rights in the workplace: A Nozickian argument

  • Ian Maitland

DOI: 10.1007/BF00383431

Cite this article as:
Maitland, I. J Bus Ethics (1989) 8: 951. doi:10.1007/BF00383431


There is a growing literature that attempts to define the substantive rights of employees in the workplace, a.k.a. the duties of employers toward their employees. Following Nozick, this article argues that — so long as there is a competitive labor market — to set up a class of moral rights in the workplace invades workers' rights to freely choose the terms and conditions of employment they judge best.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Maitland
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisU.S.A.