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Are Nurses Entitled to Additional Pay If They Are Forced to Work Through Meal Breaks?

Legally reviewed by David W.Hodges and Don J. Foty

In the demanding healthcare world, nurses often work tirelessly through meal breaks and extended shifts. These scenarios not only affect their well-being, but they also raise critical questions about fair compensation. If you are a nurse who has routinely worked through meal periods and was “clocked out” during those meal periods,, it is essential to understand your rights and explore how legal action can ensure you receive the compensation you rightfully deserve for these hours.

Your dedication should not go uncompensated. The employment lawyers at Hodges & Foty, LLP, have extensive experience managing compensation-related cases. If you want to receive fair compensation and set the record straight, call us at (713) 523-0001.

What Are the Legal Requirements?

Workplaces are typically required to pay their employees for any time spent working. When a business offers meal breaks where employees clock out, these will not be paid because the employee is “off the clock.” However, if employees are clocked out and forced to work during their designated meal periods, their employer must pay them for additional work time.  

In fact, employees who take a break for less than 20 minutes must be paid for the entire time.  If a nurse is clocked out and 11 minutes into her meal period is required to respond to an emergency, the nurse is entitled to full compensation as if she was not clocked out at all.   

It is important for nurses to understand that they have rights, and an employer is responsible for fulfilling their end of those obligations. If you have questions about your rights and how to proceed, feel free to contact the employment attorneys at Hodges & Foty, LLP. Our dedicated and talented team can assist you in several ways and answer any questions you might have.

How Can an Employment Lawyer Assist Nurses in Pursuing Claims for Compensation?

If you are a nurse who has been forced to work through meal breaks, you are likely entitled to compensation for the additional time you have spent working. Regardless of your legal circumstances, we strongly recommend you work with a qualified and experienced attorney. An employment lawyer from Hodges & Foty, LLP, is an excellent resource, and we can support you in the following ways:

  • Reviewing your pay records to determine whether there have been any violations of the law
  • Answering questions about any workplace policies to see if they violate the law
  • Pursuing a claim to try to recover unpaid wages

Our team is dedicated to ensuring our clients are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve. Our employment attorneys are here to help.

Fight for Your Rights: Retain Support From Hodges & Foty, LLP, Today

In the tireless pursuit of healthcare excellence, nurses often face the challenge of working through meal breaks. If you are a nurse grappling with this issue, know that your unwavering dedication deserves recognition and proper remuneration. At Hodges & Foty, LLP, we stand ready to champion your rights, ensuring you receive the additional pay you deserve for these demanding hours. 

Our seasoned employment attorneys, equipped with a wealth of trial experience, are committed to advocating for your rights and obtaining the compensation you are entitled to. For personalized legal guidance and a committed ally in your corner, contact us through our online form or by calling us at (713) 523-0001.

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