Congratulations! You just got your first job. Three days a week, you’ll be bagging groceries after school. You can finally start saving for a new phone.
There’s just one problem: You’ll be earning less money per hour than some of your co-workers, and it’s not because they’ll be working harder or doing a better job.
It’s because you’re a teenager—and they’re adults.
In the U.S., there’s a minimum wage—the lowest amount a worker can be paid per hour. This wage can differ by state. But there’s a catch: In some states, including Maryland and Michigan, businesses can pay teens less. It’s called a youth minimum wage.
Is that fair?