Workplace Mythologies and Unemployment Insurance: Exit, Voice and Exhausting All Reasonable Alternatives to Quitting

Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 459, 2003

55 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2008 Last revised: 28 Jul 2011

Date Written: March 1, 2002

Abstract

This article argues that the requirement that workers exhaust alternatives to quitting in order to qualify for unemployment benefits is misguided. The requirement is premised on inaccurate assumptions about the world of work and the situation of employees. Albert Hirschman's Exit, Voice and Loyalty provides a theoretical framework for thinking about decisions to stay or leave in the economic and political realms. The exhaustion requirement is premised on a vision of employment as more like a political community than an economic marketplace. While this vision may be an attractive aspiration, it has little foundation in most twenty-first century workplaces.

Keywords: unemployment insurance, compensation, benefits, exhaustion requirement, Hirschman, exit, voice, work, employment

Suggested Citation

Maranville, Deborah A., Workplace Mythologies and Unemployment Insurance: Exit, Voice and Exhausting All Reasonable Alternatives to Quitting (March 1, 2002). Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 459, 2003, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1269068

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