Everyone works or knows someone who works, but how many of us know our rights in the workplace? Where can you go or who can you talk to if something happens at your job? It’s important that you
What’s the minimum wage?
but state minimum wages can vary. For example, Texas’ minimum wage is $7.25/hr, but in New York, it’s $15/hr.
However, in some states, it’s legal for employers to pay workers under the age of 20 $4.25/hr for the first 90 days after getting hired.
Review your pay stub regularly. Make sure you keep a record of how many hours you’ve worked and calculate if they’ve paid you your hourly wage.
If your employer is making illegal deductions from your paycheck, that’s wage theft. Examples of illegal deductions include taking money out of your check because:
Keep in mind that there are age restrictions for the types of jobs youth can get. Some examples of eligible workplaces under federal law include:
For information about specific jobs, visit WWW.YOUTHRULES.GOV
What’s a safe workplace mean?
Employers are responsible for making sure that:
For examples of dangerous or hazardous jobs for each age, visit www.YouthRules.gov.
You can also make sure that your work environment is safe for you and your coworkers by reporting hazards to your supervisor.If your employer refuses to reduce or eliminate hazards, you can anonymously contact OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA can inspect a workplace and make sure your employer are keeping you safe.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination is when an employer treats you unfairly or badly based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, age (age 40 or older), or genetic information.
What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment happens when someone experiences unwanted sexual comments, content, or behavior in the workplace. It also includes behavior that is non-sexual, but based on gender.
Report an incident to a safe person, like a supervisor or someone in human resources. It is also illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for reporting an incident.
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