She witnessed something unethical at work: children being put under dangerous circumstances. Not content with turning a blind eye she quickly hatches a plan that will keep everyone safe!
A Job at a Well Known Business
A few years ago, when the Original Poster (OP) was in her second year of college, she got a job at a well-known beauty supply store. At first, everything seemed fine, but soon, she noticed a red flag.
Shocked By Shelf Stackers
One afternoon, when OP came in for her shift, she was surprised to see two young children putting out stock from boxes onto the shelves.
One child appeared to be about ten years old, and the other was six or seven.
Confused, she asked her coworker what was happening, and she found out the kids were her manager’s grandkids. OP was still puzzled but shrugged it off until her manager returned from her lunch break.
She Was Uncomfortable With the Situation
When OP brought up the issue of the kids being in the store, her manager revealed she watched them that day and decided to put them to work.
No Minimum Wage for Kids!
As it was stock day, she figured they could help and offered to pay them $10 each at the end of the day.
OP did some quick calculations and realized that these kids had been working for their grandmother for a while, for a mere ten dollars per day.
Handling Dangerous Stock!
While the merchandise they were handling wasn’t too heavy, they kept 3-4 large bottles of shampoo and conditioner for salons.
Additionally, there were several chemicals that could spill into the boxes, and if they didn’t wear gloves, they risked getting burns. OP knew this from personal experience, as she accidentally burned her hand in her second week at the store.
Is This Legal?!
She felt it was against child labor laws and was not comfortable working alongside the children.
Mind Your Own Business!
When she brought her concerns to her manager, things quickly turned sour.
Her manager brushed off her worries and told her it was her business and that she could do what she wanted with her grandkids.
OP persisted, citing the potential for liability if one of the children were injured, but her manager shut her down, telling her to mind her own business and do her job.
She Made a Choice…
OP was left with a tough decision to make. She didn’t want to get on her manager’s bad side, but she also felt that what was happening was not right. She decided to come up with a plan.
She asked her manager to email her instructions on how to work around the kids under the guise of wanting to make sure her coworker knew what to do if she was in the back. Her manager complied, sending an email that basically confirmed everything she had said earlier.
Involving the Big Bosses
OP decided to use this email to her advantage. In the email, she “accidentally” CC’d the district manager, who was her boss’s direct boss.
She did the same thing a few more times over the next few weeks, sending the email to the next shift worker and accidentally CC’ing the district manager again.
Her Plan Paid Off
Finally, after three instances of the email being sent, the district manager called her on her day off.
He wanted to know what was going on, and she explained everything, providing the emails as proof.
In the end, her plan worked, and her manager was fired for violating child labor laws. OP felt proud of herself for standing up for what was right, even though navigating it was difficult.
Laws Were Violated
Tuna_tofu replied, “In our state, you need a license to handle beauty supplies because of the chemicals, so this is probably an OSHA violation.”
It Is a Larger Issue…
Legal_bagel said, “Not saying the manager was right in the least, but lack of affordable childcare is a major issue, not something that a 19-year-old would think of.”
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