Can I be forced to take an hour lunch when the policy and all others are made to take 45 minute lunc

We have a 45 minute lunch. Several times I've punched in 43 or 44 minutes. As punishment I was told that I would have to take 1 hour lunches. This means I lose time and this could affect my benefits. Is this legal or do they have to give you a written warning first. They did give me a verbal warning. By the way, this was not done intentally-I'm just lousy at figuring out my times.

1 answer  |  asked Jun 24, 2010 11:52 PM [EST]  |  applies to Florida

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Archibald Thomas
Yes. Your employer generally remains free to set your work hours including changing the time or period for your lunch. Unless your employer has some illegal ulterior motive for changing your lunch period, they are legally permitted to do so. If you are being treated differently due to some illegal reason or motive such as your age, race, sex, religion, natinal origin or disability or any other reason specifically prohibited by the law of the state of Florida, you may have a legal claim. Otherwise, you do not.

posted by Archibald Thomas  |  Jun 28, 2010 11:09 AM [EST]

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