My side work piles up while I'm away and I lose out on tables. When I get back from my 30 min unpaid break my workload is more and I've missed out on tables and tips. My employer punishes me if I violate my meal break but it's not my fault. How can I opt out of this break legally? It should be my own right to continue working. Sitting down mid shift only ruins my flow and makes me tired. If these laws are designed to benefit employees, why can't I say " no thank you" if it's hindering me?