child labor laws

Hey, I’m 18 now but, I have been working at my job since I was 17. My boss
required me to work over 40 hours while I’m attending high school, work past
midnight on school nights, and work 10 hour shifts with no break. Is this legal, and
if it is not, can I take legal action and receive compensation?

Asked on June 5, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, this was not illegal: in your state, there are no limitations or restrictions on hours worked for 17 year olds; the restrictions apply to under-16-year-olds.
In addition, you can't get compensation if you were paid for all time you worked: if you were paid, even if the employer had violated the law and could be fined, *you* did not suffer any loss or compensible injury, since were paid for your work.


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