Naperville, IL asked in Employment Law for Illinois

Q: Is it mandatory by Illinois law to take an unpaid meal break?

I deliver packages and I get paid hourly 12pm to around 8pm. Usually I don’t take a break so I can finish earlier as it takes longer delivering in the dark. My employer says that I must take a mandatory unpaid meal break and he states that if I continue to not take one I will be terminated immediately.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Your employer has a valid point: you have to take a break pursuant to the state labor and employment laws because if you do not (for any reason) that the employer may be accused (even by you) of violations of the state employment law, not to mention civil liability stemming from that violation.

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