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Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?

 
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11/09/2012 05:04 AM
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Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
I have what is called a 'mission critical' job. I am not allowed to leave my desk my entire shift. All of my shifts are at least 8 hours. Many of my shifts are 12 hours or more. Some are up to 18 hours (and in the past even longer - I have worked a 22 hour shift).

I am not allowed to leave for lunch. I have to sit at my desk. I am not allowed to step outside for fresh air. The only time I am allowed to leave my desk is if I have to go to the bathroom.

This has been going on for 12 years. Problem is, these rules have been given to me verbally. I do not have written proof that these rules exist.

Should I speak to a lawyer and what do you think he can actually do for me?
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11/09/2012 05:15 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
im sure you are just trolling.

And yes this is against the law. If it was for real you would know this and have already sued them. Or quit if you didnt like it.

Fuck off
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11/09/2012 05:17 AM
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11/09/2012 05:22 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
im sure you are just trolling.

And yes this is against the law. If it was for real you would know this and have already sued them. Or quit if you didnt like it.

Fuck off
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Acually, I am not trolling. I'm serious. Some states allow for 'mission critical' jobs. Look it up. But my company seems to be abusing the rules. Jobs in the military, in health care, etc where the phone can never be left unattended are examples.

I think maybe you should fuck off as you obviously know less than nothing.
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11/09/2012 05:28 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
only if you are mexican
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11/09/2012 05:36 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Do you have a union? Are you a member?
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11/09/2012 05:37 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Do you have a union? Are you a member?
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No. Naturally, the company discourages unionization.
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11/09/2012 05:41 AM
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Do you have a union? Are you a member?
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No. Naturally, the company discourages unionization.
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Then I would say get out if you aren't happy as there isn't much you can do, unfortunately.
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11/09/2012 05:53 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Do you have a union? Are you a member?
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No. Naturally, the company discourages unionization.
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Then I would say get out if you aren't happy as there isn't much you can do, unfortunately.
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My question was not about quitting. It was about what a lawyer might be able to do for me. Seeing as you are not even from my country, why are you wasting my time with your lame 'advice'?
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11/09/2012 05:54 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Is the job actually mission critical? While they are required to give you breaks, they can also have you take them in a designated area, say your desk or the surroundings.

They do have to let you eat, use the restroom and all that,but no one said they had to let you go wherever you want during that time.

NOW, they do have to pay you for that break time, if they are controlling where you go or not.

They can't pull a "you have to stay at your desk during your hour long lunch break we don't pay you for."

If they're doing things like that, report them. Then sue for every second they did it to you, after they terminate you for reporting them.

You'll end up with more money than if you worked the whole time, but it might take a few years to come in.
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11/09/2012 06:10 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Do you have a union? Are you a member?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22418777


No. Naturally, the company discourages unionization.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


Then I would say get out if you aren't happy as there isn't much you can do, unfortunately.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22418777


My question was not about quitting. It was about what a lawyer might be able to do for me. Seeing as you are not even from my country, why are you wasting my time with your lame 'advice'?
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Fair enough I suppose :) Good luck, I wish you all best.
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11/09/2012 06:10 AM
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11/09/2012 06:38 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
Do you have a union? Are you a member?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22418777


No. Naturally, the company discourages unionization.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


Then I would say get out if you aren't happy as there isn't much you can do, unfortunately.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22418777


My question was not about quitting. It was about what a lawyer might be able to do for me. Seeing as you are not even from my country, why are you wasting my time with your lame 'advice'?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1212477


I had an issue like this 10 years ago, I was managing a retail store and worked from before opening to after close 7 days a week. I wasn't allowed to leave for lunch or leave the sales floor.

After 3 months of this, I took a Sunday afternoon off, was let go a few weeks later. I looked into the laws of the state I lived in and if you are a salaried employee and don't contest the hours you consent to them so action could not be taken. Though found that even if salaried your employer could only work you a reasonable amount of hours.

So look online for the rules of your state that pertain to the type of work you do, then decide what you want to do regarding the hours you are working. Keep in mind that if you decide to do what is in your right by law that your employer may find a way to fire you. And if you did not contest your hours, lack of breaks or lunches you may have no legal recourse.

Generally, workers that have extended shifts 24 or 48 have 2 or 3 days off between shifts, though I'm sure laws vary, so look online.
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11/09/2012 06:38 AM
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Re: Is it legal for them to work my 18 hours without a lunch break..?
No ...but that will be the new normal...don't like it QUIT...
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11/09/2012 06:40 AM
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This is the best response to any pointless thread or any thread at all, really.
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