What is the law regarding breaking up an employee’s shift and payment for it?

I work for a company that is paying me an hourly wage. I report for work at 8:00 in the morning and get off anywhere from 4:00-7:00 in the evening. There are occasions that happen fairly often where they send me home for more than just an hour for lunch break sometimes up to 3 to 4 hours and it interferes with my personal life. Do they have to compensate me for having to split up my day/schedule my day around work?

Asked on July 16, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately no additional compensation is due to you because of the disruption to your day. That's not to say that it wouldn't be fair annd appropriate to provide you additional compensation, but your employer is not required to provide it.

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