Can my employer require me to have to take a lunch if I choose not to do so?

I currently work full-time, 8 am-5 pm, with an unpaid hour for lunch, 40 hours worked. I want to change my hours to 9:30-4:30 and not take any lunch, 35 hours worked.

Asked on January 16, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Florida

Answers:

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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes your employer can do this. The fact is that most work is "at will". This means that a business can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit (absent some form of legally actionable discrimination). Accordingly, you can be made to take a lunch break even if you do not want to. Further, if you refuse to follow your company's directive about lunch breaks, you can be terminated.


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