Am I working in a safe environment?
to hot water and steam, chemicals that could be harmful to
your health and hot cooking surfaces are major hazards. Laws
protect you from unsafe working conditions no matter what
your immigration status.
Avoid injury and illness by following these safety precautions:
• Use safety equipment and protective clothing when
• Do not use powered equipment such as a box crusher
or a bakery machine.
• Report unsafe or broken equipment and safety hazards
to your supervisor.
• Ask your employer to provide you with safety training
before using the equipment.
Am I allowed to work in this
Workers under 18 may not handle, serve or sell alcoholic beverages.
If you are under 16, you may not cook or bake in a food service
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