Welcome to Youth @ Work!
We at the EEOC recognize and value teen contributions to the
workplace. From stocking shelves at a bookstore to serving food at
a restaurant, every job you do is important to us. Because of that,
we want to ensure that your work experience is a positive one.
This website was created for young people, and by young people,
to explain the types of job discrimination that young workers may
encounter and to suggest strategies you can use to help prevent
such discrimination. We hope that if you understand your job rights
and responsibilities, you will be less likely to experience
discrimination and better able to respond appropriately when
As new entrants to the workplace, you may be excited to earn
your own money, but nervous about understanding the rules, meeting
expectations, and working well with co-workers and supervisors. I
vividly remember the challenges I faced at fourteen, as I worked to
succeed both as a student and an employee, without really
understanding the difference or receiving assistance with the
transition. I am confident that, because of this website, my sons
and all of you will do better!
Enjoy the site! Thank you for your efforts to make our
increasingly diverse workplaces fair and inclusive for all.