“When I hire local teenagers to do odd jobs, I pay about what they’d
earn at a fast-food restaurant. I pay adults doing similar work at least
twice as much and add a hefty tip, since they have families and basic
living expenses. It’s not the money but the message: I do not want the
teenagers to think this might provide a lucrative career. Is this pay
Statement by Joan Hess, Fayetteville, AR, reported in Cohen, Richard,
“DISCOUNTING TEENS: THE ETHICIST,” NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, SUNDAY,
SEPTEMBER 22, 2002.
What do you think? Consider formal workplace employment--Would your
answer be different. Comment on modern human resources policies
concerning differential compensation.