Youth Issues - Employment - Know Your Rights

Wages & Compensation

The Department of Labor has established standards that apply to youth workers. These standards must be followed by you and your employers. 
Your Rights

  • You have the right to be compensated according to applicable wage laws for work that you do.
  • You have the right to a... Read More
Treatment at Work

Being young does not meant that you deserve discriminatory treatment at work. You have the right to be respected and not be discriminated against. You have the power to report incidents of harassment or discrimination so that employers can be held accountable. 


  • You have the right to not be discriminated against or harassed in the workplace... Read More
DC Employment Opportunities

DC has numerous agency resources and programs where you can explore careers and gain work experience. Resources and programs are available for a range of ages, grades and levels of education. There are also programs for special populations of youth such as foster youth or youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system.  Programs are available through government agencies, private... Read More

Federal Law

In 2014 President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law.  If you are a DC youth between the ages of 16 and 24 then you might be able to benefit from programming and resources funded through this law.  Here is a brief overview of the youth... Read More