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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission developed Youth@Work to educate young workers about their workplace rights and responsibilities and to help employers create positive work experiences for young adults.

Youth@Work has three main components:

  • Youth@Work web site is dedicated to educating young workers about their equal employment opportunity rights and responsibilities. The web site explains the different types of job discrimination that young workers may encounter and suggests strategies they can use to prevent, and, if necessary, respond to such discrimination. The site includes an interactive tool called “Challenge Yourself!” that provides an opportunity for young workers to test their knowledge by analyzing sample job discrimination scenarios. The site, created with the assistance of EEOC student interns, also includes examples of EEOC cases filed on behalf of of young workers.

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    EEOC staff are available to host free outreach events for high school students, youth organizations, and small businesses that employ young workers. These events, which include information about the laws enforced by EEOC, and the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers, are aimed at assisting young workers as they enter and navigate the professional world and encouraging employers to proactively address discrimination issues confronting young workers.

    If you are interested in having EEOC speak to your high school or organization, please email us at or contact the outreach coordinator for the EEOC office in your area.

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    EEOC welcomes the opportunity to partner with advocacy organizations, businesses, human resource groups, and industry trade associations to promote equal employment opportunity for the nation’s youngest workers.

    Our Youth@Work partners play a vital role in increasing public awareness about the federal anti-discrimination laws by putting a Youth@Work link on their website, publishing articles on Youth@Work in their newsletters, discussing Youth@Work with their members or employees, participating in Youth@Work events throughout the country, or otherwise supporting Youth@Work.

    If your business or organization would like to partner with the EEOC, please email your organization’s name, address, telephone number, and email address to An EEOC representative will contact you with more information about how you can work with the EEOC to expand the potential for equal opportunities to our nation’s youth.

    To learn more about Youth@Work, visit our web site at


Kentucky’s attorney general asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review decision that students must be Mirandized when questioned by a school official if an SRO is present

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, says an Associate Press (AP) report in the Courier-Journal, asking it to overturn a ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court that requires school officials to Mirandize students before questioning them in the presence of a school resource officer.  The state supreme court threw out a student’s conviction for sharing prescription hydrocodone with a classmate, concluding that the presence of a school resource officer and the prospect of criminal charges meant the student should have been informed of his rights.

Conway is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case because state appellate courts are divided over this issue.  States that hold Miranda warnings are required include Georgia, North Carolina and now Kentucky. States that hold Miranda warnings are not required include South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, New York, New Mexico and Louisiana.

Conway also said the issue is an important one, as the use of law enforcement officers as a resource in the school setting has become widespread.  He added that school administrators should not be required to advise students of their rights because a school resource officer may be present during an investigation of school-related issues.


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