Summertime, and the Working Isn't Easy
Workers Who Know Their Rights Are Less Likely to Get Burned
Along with the sunny weather and barbeques, summer also brings a new set of problems for many working people and their families. With proper information and resources, these problems can be minimized, making summer the carefree and enjoyable season it was meant to be.
- Every summer, a large number of young people enter the workforce. For many, it is their first opportunity for meaningful employment. The huge influx of inexperienced and often vulnerable workers inevitably leads to problems, including risks for their physical safety and harassment by supervisors and coworkers.
- While most children can't wait for summer, many working parents dread its arrival. For working parents with school–aged children, summer is often the most stressful season. The availability of quality child care and the additional costs are a major concern for most working parents.
- Summer has perhaps the greatest impact on those who work outdoors. Every summer, outdoor employees must endure long hours and often hard labor in extreme heat, humidity, and direct sunlight. If employers do not allow shade and water breaks, or workers do not take the proper precautions, those who work outside are at a serious risk of illness or even death.
In this report, Workplace Fairness takes a close look at the employment issues that make work especially hot for some employees during the summertime.
Workers who know their rights—in the summertime and all year long—are less likely to get burned, whether from the hot sun or the actions of their employer.