Rosado, Apat & Dudley, LLP En EspaÑol Visítenos en Las Noticias
Call 800-708-8917 Today

Why young workers are among the most vulnerable workers

Most of us can likely remember back to when we were teenagers or young adults and some of our first jobs and work experiences. Young and inexperienced workers are often unaware of their legal rights as an employee and are, therefore, less likely to report acts of sexual harassment and wage theft as well as unsafe working conditions.

Fast food restaurants, grocery stores and cleaning companies are all major employers of young workers and, for an inexperienced worker; such workplaces can be filled with hidden hazards. From lifting-related injuries and slip-and-falls to the risks of being assaulted or suffering burn injuries; a general lack of experience is often a factor in work accidents involving young workers.

Young workers who work temporary summer or part-time jobs would be wise to ensure that they know and understand their rights as an employee. For example, every worker has the right to a safe work environment that is free of known hazards. Additionally, every worker has the right to receive proper training and to be provided with adequate safety gear and equipment.

In cases where a worker is unclear about something, he or she should feel comfortable speaking up and asking questions. Likewise, in the event that a worker believes that an employer is not providing a safe work environment, a worker should feel empowered to file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

At any age, workers can be vulnerable to and adversely impacted by employers who fail to provide for their safety. However, due to their age and lack of work experience, young workers are often especially at risk for being taken advantage of by dishonest employers and also suffering the related consequences.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, "Young Workers - You have rights!," April 20, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers' Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives

We Can Help. Schedule A Consultation With Our Attorneys.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

New York Lawyers 800-708-8917

Long Island Office
100 Duffy Avenue
Suite 310
Hicksville, NY 11801

Toll Free: 800-708-8917
Map & Directions

Forest Hills Office
102-02 Queens Blvd.
Suite A1
Forest Hills, NY 11375

Toll Free: 800-708-8917
Map & Directions

Bronx Office
2426 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10469

Toll Free: 800-708-8917
Map & Directions

Brooklyn Office
188 Montague Street
Suite 500
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Toll Free: 800-708-8917
Map & Directions