Since underaged labor is allowed in the USA it’s no surprise you can find restaurant jobs for 16 year olds out there.
Although there are a lot of rules regarding child labor in America it isn’t very difficult to employ your self as a teenager.
You just have to be careful with the rules about what is and what isn’t allowed depending on the age of the person doing the job.
Working laws are mostly the same but just to be sure check your local and State labor laws and the education code which can determine your maximum working hours.
What restaurant jobs for 16 year olds are allowed?
Although 16 year olds are still minors and thus don’t have the same legal rights for working as full age citizens, they aren’t that far away.
Technically, you can start legally working at the age of 14, but only part-time jobs that require minimum body stress.
In the restaurant industry, power-driven meat-processing machines, including meat slicers, saws, grinders and other hazardous equipment is strictly forbidden to use for all minors
With 16 years you can basically work in most of the restaurants as a waiter/waitress or in the kitchen dealing with the dirty dishes and helping with some simple dishes.
However, not everybody follows these rules to the point and there a lot of employers out there risking fines.
As long as you’re over 16 years old and working in a non-hazardous environment you aren’t restricted to the number of working hours per week or the curfew.
Meaning you can work how much you want even late at night as long as it doesn’t affect the health and safety requirements.
If you’re younger than 16 there are various restrictions regarding the working hours because of the obligations at school.
Keep in mind that the violation of The Fair Labor Standards Act can get you penalties up to 11,000$ per worker.
If you’re looking to get a job as a minor, look up this page.