Many workers, in fact, have little sense of the legal scope of their employer’s power. Most would be shocked to discover that they could be fired for being too attractive, declining to attend a political rally favored by their employer, or finding out that their daughter was raped by a friend of the boss—all real-life examples cited by Anderson. Indeed, it is only after dismissal for such reasons that many workers learn of the sweeping breadth of at-will employment, the contractual norm that allows American employers to fire workers without warning and without cause, except for reasons explicitly deemed illegal.

Undoubtedly, employers have too much power over employees. Barring sweeping changes in the employment landscape, though, it seems like the best thing to do is to have a focused goal of exiting the rat race as quickly as possible. Or start a company of your own and be the change you wish to see.