Extending lunch hours to keep from paying overtime

Can an emplyer make you work overtime one day ( ten twelve hours) then make you take longer lunch time the next days to keep from paying overtime.

Asked on July 4, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this ara of the law.  You are not entitled to overtime pay everyday of the week just because you did some overtime work a prior day.  Employers can decide who and how much is paid.  If an employer does not want you to work OT so he doesnt have to pay you for that time, he is allowed to do that. It is not uncommon for an employer to need a person to work overtime one day and then not need them the next.


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