Beyond establishing an economic relationship between employer and employee, work provides a powerful structure for organizing social and cultural life.
The employment relationship is more than the exchange of labor for money. In U.S. society, self-worth, dignity, satisfaction, and accomplishment are often achieved by one's employment responsibilities, performance, and rewards.
The development of employment law demonstrates the importance of work. Since the 1930's, employees have aquired more legal rights as federal and state governments have ecacted laws that give them the power and authority to unionize, to engage in Collective Bargaining, and to be protected from discrimination based on race, gender, or disability.