Q: Is HR able to make me work 12 hours without a second lunch if there isn't coverage for it at a retail location in CA
I worked 12 hours at a certain large auto parts retailer due to people calling out. It ended up being just me, manager, and another coworker, another manager, working for the last 6 hours of the stores operation. I skipped lunch because I didn't want to leave my coworker by themselves. I asked HR what could be done next time that occurs and they told me I'd just have to work through my lunch and we can't close the store for me to take a lunch. Is this legal?
Yes, it is legal as long as they pay you the wage penalty associated with not receiving a proper meal break. You are entitled to one hour of pay for each day you are denied at least one of your required meal periods.
Good luck to you.
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