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Is it legal to deduct 1/2hr of pay for lunch, if you can not close the doors to the business and have to stay at your desk..

Gilbert, AZ |

The hours of business is 8-5 and we only get paid 8-430.

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Likely not. You should consult a Business Law or Employment Law attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona (easily found on regarding the wage and hour laws in the State of Arizona. You may find that a letter from the attorney to the employer can clear up the matter quickly. If not you may have to take the employer to Small Claims Court and get an Order from the court for any back pay erroneously taken from your paycheck.


As a general rule, if you're required to be available for customers during your work hours, then your employer must pay you for that work. You are almost certainly owed some overtime.

Brad Denton

This answer does not constitute legal advice. I am admitted in the State of Arizona only. This advice is based on general principles of law that may or may not relate to your specific situation. Facts and laws change and these possible changes will affect the advice provided here. You should not rely on this advice alone, and nothing in these communications creates an attorney-client relationship.



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