My daughter, who is 15, was hired by a restaurant as a hostess. She provided accurate information on all records including driving permit showing she is 15. She was trained, worked two weeks, and received her first paycheck. She went to work on a day for additional training and the manager brought her in and released her stating it was the corporate policy to not hire 15 year olds. We live in TX. She is crushed as she loved what she was doing. The manager did tell her to come back when she turns 16 which isn't until Dec. Is there anything I should/can do?
State/Country relating to question: Texas
THe national age for teenagers to work is 16 years old and if an employer wants to hire anyone under 15, then they have to comply with certain wage and hour laws that only permit children to work a few hours a night and then not on school nights, etc. and most employers do not want to deal with such restrictions so they simply enact a policy that they will not hire under the age of 16. Unfotunately for your daughter they are within their rights to do that and either they did not look at her age carefully or the manager was not familiar with corporate policy and that is why this all happened. I am sorry and I wish there was something else I could tell you here but there is not.
13 years experience in employment law, unions, contracts, workers comp law
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