Am I working in a safe environment?
protect you from unsafe working conditions and your employer
must provide you with training about health and safety in
your workplace no matter what your immigration status.
Avoid injury or illness by following these safety precautions:
• Don’t use powered equipment like a box crusher,
meat slicer, bakery machine or drive a forklift.
• Report unsafe or broken equipment and safety hazards
to your supervisor.
• Ask your employer about safety training before using
Am I allowed to work in this
If you are under 18 you may not:
• Drive a motor vehicle on public streets as part of
• Handle, serve or sell alcoholic beverages.
If you are under 16 you may
• Work on a ladder or scaffold.
• Load or unload a truck.
You may perform cooking duties at lunch counters, snack bars
or cafeteria serving counters.
Do I need a work permit?
If you are under 18 you must have a permit to work. Ask your
school to issue you a permit and take it to your employer.
Am I being paid at least minimum
You must be paid at least the minimum wage, currently $9.00
per hour and applicable overtime rates.
How late can I work on a school
Until 7 p.m. if you are 14 or 15.
Until 10 p.m. if you are 16 or 17.
Laws protect workers under age 18 from working too long, too
late or too early.
Report sexual harassment or discrimination to your supervisor,
a co-worker, parent or teacher.
or call 1-888-933-TEEN (8336)
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) www.dir.ca.gov