Nurse working three 12hr shifts per wk in Ohio.when I'm too busy to take a lunch can my employer discipline me for it?
2 attorney answers
Your employer CAN require you to clock out for lunch. If you do not, you CAN be terminated. However, if you do not clock out for lunch, you MUST be paid for that time.
It sounds like your employer is calculating your pay based on you actually working 11.5 hours per shift with a thirty-minute lunch period. If that's the case, and you DON'T take lunch, your employer could get in serious trouble with the Department of Labor.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
Your employer could be violating your rights under the FLSA to be paid for all hours worked. You should contact an employment attorney to schedule an initial consultation. Many offer free consultations.