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#1 Old 05-16-2014, 09:52 PM
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Would you work for an employer who denied you breaks?

My boyfriend just quit a job after three days when he was told he could not take five minutes to eat a sandwich in the middle of a seven-hour shift. He then researched what he could online, and it appears not to be illegal in Ohio to deny breaks to workers over the age of 18. Still, it's hardly customary in my experience working at a dozen different employers here. A half hour lunch break in a shift over six hours long is standard.

Would you have kept working without breaks? Would it matter what your duties or wages were?
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#2 Old 05-16-2014, 10:06 PM
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I would not quit a job for that alone.
However if I were right on the edge of quitting anyway I would consider it as a minor but contributory factor.
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I can't go that long without eating, so no I wouldn't.

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That surprised me! I'm in Oh and my employers have always made a big deal about required lunch breaks. If you're asked, or wish to work through a lunch break it needs to be pre-approved. But you're right, over 18 Oh does not require a break.

It certainly does depend on a lot of other factors. I wouldn't quit before finding something else, that's for sure! Hard to imagine a company that doesn't permit a lunch break to be tolerable, not even ten minutes? My prior company (for 24 years) gave two ten minute paid breaks, and one half hour unpaid lunch. My current one gives two 15 min. and a half hour unpaid. I'm consistently reminded how lucky I am to be with this company!

So much to consider with accepting a job offer, and so much they don't need to tell you. I was slated to be with the final group being terminated when my co moved manufacturing and left on my own for what sounded like the best job ever. They blatently lied about things like paid for benefits, the that my starting saraly was the highest for that job title, and what the job entailed. I was lucky to still get all my severence but couldn't wait to leave that place.
So much is dependent on medical insurance with having a job. We so need universal health.
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#5 Old 05-17-2014, 11:57 AM
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I'm not normally of a paranoid frame of mind, but is this standard policy at that company, or could the employer be trying to get your boyfriend to quit (for some stupid reason) without having to actually fire him?

But to answer your question: I think it's unreasonable to have to work for more than 4 hours without a break. I'd have to be hard pressed to take such a job knowing that was the policy, but if I needed a job badly enough, or if I otherwise really liked or wanted that job, I'd take it and try to keep it.

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