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I'm 17 years old, i work t Kroger marketplace here in Tennessee. I'm only getting 14 hours, 13 including breaks.

Gallatin, TN |

i know for a fact that the legal minimum limit in Tennessee is at least 18 hours, but even without breaks i'm nowhere near 18 hours of work. Corporate has installed a new scheduling system to make things more "efficient" I also frequently find myself as the only bagger up front in a massively busy store. do i have a case or should i just go job hunting?

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The 18 hours is the maximum number of hours that a minor can work in Tennessee, not a minimum.
If you're unhappy with your job, you should look for a new one.


Look for other work.


From Tennessee Department of Labor:

There are no limitations on the number of hours that 16 and 17-year-old minors work. They cannot be required to work during school hours; nor can they work past 10:00 p.m. on nights preceding school days (Sunday through Thursday nights), unless their parents or guardians sign a Parental Consent Form. The Parental Consent Form would allow them to work no later than 12:00 midnight three of those nights while school is in session.

This answer should not be taken as legal advice, and is for general information purposes only. Any information in this answer does not create an attorney/client relationship. You should contact a licensed Tennessee lawyer to discuss the specifics of your case.


No case here. Go job hunting. Good luck.

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