If my employer did not follow child labor laws, canI sue them?

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If my employer did not follow child labor laws, canI sue them?

Had minor work past 11; did not give required breaks.

Asked on August 12, 2011 Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can certaily report the employer to the relevant authorities: e.g. the police, the labor department, the attorney general, child protective services. But you cannot sue the employer, unless you are the parent or guardian of the  minor in question. Our legal system does not authorize citizens to sue on other people's behalf; rather you can only sue if you were personally injured or have some other direct stake in the matter. Otherwise, for other violations of the law, the proper recourse  is to inform the authorities--it's their job to generally enforce the laws and protect society. So, unless you're a parent, etc., you can't sue, but there are still steps that you can take to protect the child.


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