Working During Unpaid Breaks
Employment Law in St. Louis
According to the United States Department of Labor, if your company provides you with a lunch or break period, then your employer must pay you if you work during or through your break. If you are required to work and perform your normal work-related duties during your lunch or meal period without paid, it is considered illegal and you may be entitled to receive compensation. Many employees are unaware of their rights, and even when they feel that they are being wronged by their employers, they do not know where to turn or how to begin to take action against them. At Riggan Law Firm, LLC, each case is aggressively handled by skilled employment law professionals who have more than 25 years of combined legal experience in providing outstanding representation to clients in the St. Louis area.
Fair Labor Standards Act
Many companies will allow a break or meal period for employees. Short breaks are used to promote the efficiency of employees and are often paid as working time. A lunch period or break that is 30 minutes or longer is considered as non-paid, and the employee may rest, eat or leave a work area without being forced to perform work-related duties. If a meal period of 30 minutes or longer is not taken and the employee works through the shift, then the employer may be required to pay the employee for some or all of the break period. This law is clearly outlined in numerous state and federal laws and regulations including the Fair Labor Standards Act. If have worked during or through your unpaid meal period, you may be entitled to receive additional compensation. Contact Riggan Law Firm, LLC today to speak with a St. Louis employment law attorney.
Work with an Attorney
It is highly important that you, as an employee of a company, are treated fairly and justly under the law. You are protected from discrimination by local state and federal regulations and if you know that your company is in violation of these laws, then you may have a legal claim for additional compensation. Your meal periods and break periods should be taken without fear of having to perform work-related duties. If you feel that you have been paid incorrectly or you were wronged by your employer, you should contact a dedicated employment law attorney from Riggan Law Firm today.