Thursday, August 16, 2012

WIN: Who owns you while on lunch break?

Is your lunch break your own or does the boss get to tell you what you can and can’t do during it? Jesse Russell reports on a worker lawsuit over the issue.

AT&T technicians in Indiana have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company has put “heavy restrictions” on how they can spend their unpaid lunch breaks. The complaint says that while employees can spend unpaid lunch breaks eating in company vehicles, they aren’t allowed to read newspapers, nap, use personal computers, or listen to portable music players, such as iPods.

The company also restricts how far workers can go from a job site during their unpaid lunch breaks to less than one-half mile. 

The lawsuit alleges that the restrictions violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and create an atmosphere where workers instead feel obligated to work through their lunch break , but don’t get paid for that work. 

The objective of the lawsuit is to have AT&T’s unpaid lunch breaks ruled illegal.


source: Workers Independent News
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