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If you constantly get interrupted by your employer during a meal or rest period or are expected to take an unpaid “working” lunch, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Unpaid meal and rest periods are a common wage and hour violation committed by employers in Strongsville.
At Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC, we can investigate your case to determine if you have grounds to bring a civil claim against your employer. If so, we can help you seek fair financial compensation for an illegally unpaid meal or rest break. Contact us today to begin with a free case consultation.
In Ohio, employers do not have to pay employees for most meal or rest breaks. However, if an employer chooses to offer unpaid breaks, the employer cannot expect employees to work through these breaks without pay. If you did not receive payment for a meal or rest period that you worked through – no matter how little work you performed during this time – this is a wage violation, and you may be entitled to financial compensation for this missing pay.
Employers in Strongsville are bound by federal and state laws to relieve employees of all job duties during unpaid meal and rest periods. Work tasks that you may have to deal with during a meal or rest break include answering phones, greeting customers or checking emails. If a meal or rest period is not a bona fide break, where you are not required or allowed to perform any job-related tasks, the employer is required to pay for the “break” as time worked.
Employers in Ohio do not have to provide employees with meal or rest periods of a certain length. However, federal meal break laws state that if a meal or coffee break is less than 20 minutes long, it must be considered part of the worker’s compensable work hours. Failing to pay an employee for a meal break that lasts less than 20 minutes is against the law. Most meal breaks are at least 30 minutes, in which case the employer is permitted not to pay the worker – as long as it is a real break that is not interrupted with work duties.
If your employer violates the law by not paying you for meal and rest breaks that you worked through, you may be eligible for compensation. Enforcing the law and bringing a civil claim against your employer could lead to a settlement or judgment award for the following:
Filing a complaint is easier with assistance from an attorney. Your lawyer can take all of the required steps to pursue a complaint against your employer for you, including filing a claim under the Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or filing a private lawsuit.
You have rights as an employee in Strongsville, Ohio. Protect them with help from the legal team at Scott & Winters Law Firm, LLC. Our employment attorneys provide aggressive legal representation to wronged workers across the state. To find out if you are eligible for compensation for unpaid meal and rest periods, contact us online or call (216) 446-8886 for a free case consultation.