Labor Laws may be Limiting Minors

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Many young teens wonder why can we only work 3 hours on weekdays or 8 hours on weekends? Why is there a limit on the types of jobs we can do? Most people say it’s because we’re too young or immature at our current ages. However, the real reason is because of the law made by the government. Child labor laws, and this “forbids the employment and abuse of youth workers and protects the educational opportunities and prohibits their employment in jobs that are detrimental to their health and safety”. Yet, if you look back in history, you can see that during the a time period called The Industrial Revolution, children as young as 6 years old, worked hard long hours with very little or no pay. Most children worked up to 19 hours with only an hour total break. Now, the workplace can get fined for these types of work issues. Also, children who were factory workers were expected to work 12-14 hours with the same or minimal break. As we can see they only put these laws here so we young children won’t be overworked or cheated out of our break times. Even though we might not like the fact that the hours we are legally allowed to work are not a lot until we reach 16 years old, we have to abide by them because, if nobody created these laws we would be just like the children 100’s of years ago and possibly risk the chance of being over-worked.