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Give Me A Break Or You’ll Break The Law, Part 2

| Working | October 24, 2013

(I’m working at the grocery counter, and we are absolutely slammed and very short-staffed. I am on an eight-hour shift, and our payroll department automatically takes out 30 minutes of pay for lunch when we work past six.)

Me: “Hey, do you know if I’m going to be able to go to lunch soon? I’m already past the four-hour mark.”

Supervisor: “It might be late, but you’ll get it.”

Me: “You sure? We’re really busy, so I was worried.”

Supervisor: “Don’t worry; I’ll talk to the manager. It won’t be a problem.”

(My supervisor leaves to go speak with the manager.)

Supervisor: *to the manager* “Hey, can [My Name] get her lunch break? She’s already been here over four hours.”

Manager: “Well, if we have time.”

Supervisor: “If we have time?”

Manager: “We’re really busy. She might have to go without.”

Supervisor: “You know that that’s incredibly illegal, right? A violation of labor laws?”

Manager: “…”

Supervisor: “…”

Manager: *to me, grumpily* “Go on break.”

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