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Lunch Break Violations

In Wisconsin, employees are not guaranteed the right to a lunch break. However, if employees do receive a lunch break from their employer, it must meet certain standards in order for the employer to be legally entitled to withhold pay from their workers for that time spent away from work during the break. If these standards are not met, employees at a company should be paid for this time.

Regrettably, many employers fail to adhere to employment laws regarding lunch breaks and employee pay. However, in such a situation, an employee whose break does not meet the stipulated criteria for an unpaid lunch may be entitled to seek this pay through legal action.

Lunch Break Violations

In order for an employer to legally withhold pay from its employees during lunch breaks, the break period must meet the following stipulations:

  • Not be shorter than 30 minutes
  • Not require the employee to perform job duties during that time (even minor duties)

If both of these standards are not fully met, employees who are not paid for their lunch break may be entitled to take legal action to seek the compensation they deserve.

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If you or someone you know has been unfairly denied compensation for lunch breaks which do not meet Wisconsin’s lunch break standards, our lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. can help you take legal action to get the pay you deserve. Learn more about lunch break violations and your rights as an employee by speaking with Jason Knutson at 608-255-6663.

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