Do I have to take a lunch break?

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Do I have to take a lunch break?

My state doesn’t have any laws requiring breaks or lunches ; the employer can provide them if they deem necessary.

Asked on June 16, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Whether or not you can skip lunch is entirely up to your employer. That is unless this action is permitted by virtue of the terms of a union agreement or employment contract. Also, your treatment must not constitute any form of legally actionable discrimination. Otherwise, in an "at will" work relationship, an employer can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. This includes requiring an employee to take a lunch break. The fact is that having employees take breaks may well reduce errors and injuries. If you disagree with your company's policy, you can either quit, or ignore this rule and risk termination.


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