In detail, in the past 4 months, myself and other employees have been forced to work 10+ hr shifts without rest-time, or a meal break. Not only does the company policy states that a 30 minutes meal break for working 8 hour shift. as well as the connecticut dept of labor says its mandatory to take a meal break 2 hours after your shift or before you ended time for your shift. for 4 consecutive months ive had no break. we are on our feet literally all day and its exhausting. im not sure if Connecticut grants us an extra hour of pay for not being allowed a meal break, if so then i dont believe we are being compensated. is this true?? can i sue my employer for not only myself but for my other colleagues as well?? please help!!
CT law does require a 1/2 hour unpaid meal period for employees scheduled to work at least 7.5 hours a day. There are exceptions based on continuous operations, written agreements, or when less than 5 employees are scheduled at a particular location on a particular shift. Here is a link to the law: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/laws-regs/statute31-51ii.html. If there is a violation, the Dept. of Labor can fine the employer, but there is no other payment due the employee. You can contact the CT Dept. of Labor who will investigate and put an end to the practice.
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