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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Youth at Work

The laws enforced by EEOC are not the only laws that apply to youth. You may have additional rights under other federal, state, or local laws. For example, other federal laws protect you from discrimination and harassment at school and require your employer to pay you a minimum hourly wage. State and local discrimination laws may offer you broader protection than the laws enforced by EEOC, especially if you work for an employer with less than 15 employees or believe the unfair treatment is because of your sexual orientation, age (if under age 40), or some other reason not covered by federal law.

You can find information about state and local agencies in your area by calling the EEOC at 1-800-669-4000 or by going to the EEOC's Field Office List and Jurisdiction Map and selecting the office closest to you.

The following website links may also be helpful if you want to learn more about your rights:

U.S. Department of Labor's website for youth workers. Provides information about what hours you can work, what jobs you can do, and how to prevent workplace injuries.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website about youth worker safety and health information

U.S. Department of Labor's website for information about youth training and employment services.

U.S. Department of Labor's website for information about a free service that helps identify workplace changes that can assist people with disabilities.

U.S. Department of Labor's main website. Provides information about minimum wage and overtime requirements, company-provided health plans and benefits, unemployment insurance, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights webpage. Provides information about your civil rights and how to file a complaint if you believe you have been discriminated against or harassed at school because of your race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

U.S. Department of Education's main website. Provides information for students about drug-free and safe schools, college planning, and volunteer and study abroad opportunities.

U.S. Social Security Administration's main website. Provides information about how to obtain a social security number and what type of benefits may be available to young workers when they retire. is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.

Website for Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health (FedNet). Provides information from several different federal agencies that pertains to young workers.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's youth webpage. Provides information about young worker safety and health.

Website for ILSA, an organization of state labor department officials who are responsible for administering and enforcing state labor laws. Provides link for website of each state's labor department. is the U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs.

The Guideposts can be used by state policy makers in developing a more coordinated transition system focusing on successful outcomes for all youth. They can also help administrators and policy makers at the local level in making decisions regarding funding, in setting and establishing local priorities, and in evaluating local efforts.