Does an employer have to deductfor a lunch break, even if I work through it?

I work at a place where I don’t have anyone to relieve me for a lunch break so I just work through it. I don’t mind working through it but they insist on taking a 30 min lunch break out of my hours worked for the day. Tsay that they they are legally required to take it out even if I don’t take it.

Asked on March 7, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia


Darren Delafield

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

An employee may submit a claim for unpaid or untimely paid wages to the Virginia
Department of Labor and Industry (“DOLI”), which will conduct an administrative investigation into whether money is unpaid and/or untimely.

Are you at risk of termination for insubordination for failing to take a lunch break? Did your employer order you to take a break which you ignored?

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