Know Your Rights – Protecting the Teen Job Seeker
Know your rights, this is as important as any other step in the process of finding suitable employment. The child labour protection laws are there for a reason, they are designed to protect you. Not only from exploitation but also from hazardous work environments that as a teen you are not equipped to deal with.
It is important that you are aware of some of your rights and responsibilities within the workplace. As well as the responsibilities of your employer.
· You must ensure you adhere to all health and safety guidelines at your workplace. In order to make your workplace safe you need to report any hazards or unsafe behaviour. You should always wear appropriate protective equipment where necessary. Maintain a clean and safe work environment. You should also know emergency procedures.
· Your employer should give you proper health and safety training and make you aware of any procedures relating to your health and safety and that of the companies. Your employer must comply with all health and safety regulations. The work environment should be clean and safe and your employer should go over any possible hazards with you. Any required protective equipment must be provided.
Other important fundamental legal rights include:
· The right to work without sexual harassment
· The right to work without racial, cultural or religious discrimination.
· It is illegal to discriminate, fire or withhold work on the grounds of race, gender, sexuality, religion, martial status, nationality or disability.
So now you know your rights, your responsibilities and some employment laws that affect you. Understanding is the key to making sure you are safe in all work place environments. If you are unsure about anything consult your teachers, parents and career advisors.