I am a salaried employee. Everyone in our office normally takes a 30 minute break for lunch. I took a break last week for 45 minutes. Traffic was heavy on my way back to the office. My manager threatened to fire me if I am late again. can they do this?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employers from terminating or discriminating against employees based on the employee's protected class (age, race, sex, disability, etc.), but there is no law that prevents your employer from terminating against you, based on tardiness. Your employer's ability to fire you also depends on the terms of your employment agreement. You should consult an attorney to determine your options.
Yes, a salaried employee may be fired if they take too long of a break. Its rotten but true.
You may want to talk with an attorney to determine whether you can receive overtime. Even if you are salaried, that fact alone does not exempt you from overtime protections.
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