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Labor: EEOC educates teen workers about workplace laws

The Youth@Work initiative teaches young employees how to avoid (and report) discrimination and harassment

Employers who recruit and hire teens should be aware that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is focusing more on young workers. The agency recently issued a press release describing new anti-discrimination and harassment efforts targeted at students who are entering the workforce. Through its Youth@Work initiative, the EEOC has published a video and supplemental guidelines designed to inform students what situations and actions the EEOC considers discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

The video compiles a series of vignettes that purportedly depict typical workplace settings for teens. Each vignette considers various on-the-job interactions and concludes with a discussion aimed at identifying which interactions constituted discrimination and/or harassment. The EEOC also created accompanying classroom guides to accompany the video designed to help students “identify illegal discrimination and harassment.”

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John Kuenstler

John F. Kuenstler is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the Labor and Employment Department. Mr....

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