Yesterday I met two very smart 16-year-old girls who surprisingly knew little about what’s appropriate in the workplace.
I spoke at a local library about teens and work, and one of the parts of my presentation that intrigued the two teens I met the most was on workplace rights, including everything from being paid what you’re owed to sexual harassment.
I talked to them about minimum wage, and making sure you get paid overtime if you work overtime. And I also told them it was not cool if your manager pressures you to date him, or a co worker sends you sexually explicit text messages.
They both giggled a bit, and the one teen felt comfortable enough to ask me a question about a friend of hers who worked at a fast food restaurant.
The friend, she said, had seen something at work and wondered if it crossed the line. A male manager at the store, who was in his early twenties, told a female worker who was 16 that she had to clean up an area in the kitchen. The girl said she would get to it when she was finished cleaning another section he had asked her to clean but he wasn’t happy with her response.
He said, “you can either clean this up now or you can give me a blow job.” (more…)