Firths – Lawyers who understand families
I have been in the workforce since I was 14 years old. I have never been out of work in that time so I guess you could say I’m lucky. I am a very hard worker and growing up my parents told me:
If you work hard, you will succeed
Respect your Boss
Do every job to the best of your ability
Listen to your boss and do as you are told
Remember who pays your wages
Most of this is still ok but now that I have a teenage daughter who has just entered the workforce, I need to change the rules a little.
A few months ago, I witnessed a young waitress being treated poorly by her employer. I won’t retell the story now but if you want to be shocked, check it out here. The young girl was visibly upset and came to me for guidance. She was confused as to whether her boss was allowed to treat her this way. My immediate answer was NO, however my immediate thought was ‘How could she not know this is not acceptable?‘
Teenagers have been taught what is acceptable at school and at home but the workplace is not really discussed until you are actually in the workforce. By the time your child is working, we make the assumption they know what is right and what is wrong in the workplace. How can this be the case if a child has never experienced it before, why would we assume they understand their workplace rights?
When I was 21 years old, I worked in a bar. I had only been there a couple of weeks when my boss, who was only a few years older than me, offered me a shot of whisky before my shift. Happily I drank it. After my shift, he offered me a couple more shots and proceeded to touch me in places that were very inappropriate. I didn’t know what to do. I had accepted drinks from him. Did that me I was up for it? Was I just misreading the situation? Is this part of the ‘pub’ culture?
In the end the senior chef saw what was happening and came to save me. I continued to work there and I always felt guilty for what happened that night. I was 21 years old and I didn’t really understand my workplace rights or where to go if I thought I was being mistreated.
I’m hoping things have changed since then as my children are heading into this new phase in their lives where independence is extremely important. I now know there are amazing law firms like Firths, who put people first and understand all the ways your child needs protecting when it comes to their first job. They understand Ashlea’s workplace rights more than I do, so I am happy to have them on my side. This beautiful young waitress didn’t understand what was happening and it scares me that in this day and age, people can still be treated this way.
Here are a few things teenagers should understand before starting their first job:
What are you going to tech your child when it comes to entering the workforce?
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