What was your first job? What did it teach you? Tonight, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, and other Fox personalities tell about their first jobs.
Some first jobs come from unpaid internships. But President Obama's Labor Department says most unpaid internships are illegal. Steven Greenhouse, author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker agrees. He says that government should punish companies that "exploit" free labor. Had that been the practice when I started work, I'd be in trouble. Unpaid interns have made my career possible. The interns were happy too. Many said they learned much more than they learned in college. And they didn't have to pay me tuition.
Most Americans support raising the minimum wage. But some workers get their start by working for less than minimum wage. Merv Crist, owner of Ca. restaurant Prime Cut, started working at just $2.25 an hour. He says minimum wage laws hurt young people who just want to get a start.