As young adults transition into the workforce, many enter not knowing their rights as workers. On March 3rd, the Center for Workers’ Rights was able to attend the Yolo Youth and Young Adult Job & Community Resource Fair in Woodland to provide resources for the young adults attending. It’s important for young adults to be aware of their rights in the workplace to stay protected. With California’s laws changing yearly, it is important to keep up with the most accurate information.
A few of the students we spoke to at the event were unaware of the recent minimum wage increase on January 1, 2023 which increased to $15.50/hour for most workplaces. We shared our “All Workers Have Rights” pamphlet about California permanent paid sick leave, workers’ compensation, health and safety regulations, and the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). These protections apply to all individuals, regardless of their immigration status.
Students and recent graduates are also more likely to be employed in low-wage positions misclassified as unpaid internships or other similarly exploitative circumstances where the employer gains a significant profit from the employee’s labor. Young adults can often feel ill prepared or powerless to advocate for themselves. Many individuals are vulnerable and overlook employers who may take advantage of them.
We know how important it is for workers of all ages to know their workplace rights, as well as have access to accurate information and resources to advocate for themselves. The Center for Workers’ Rights is a resource that will be accessible to them whenever the moment arises. If you feel that your workplace rights have been violated or have questions in regards to your rights to workplace protections, please call us at 916-905-5857, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.