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Mandatory pay deductions for lunch hours Pennsylvania

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    My coworker is an hourly employee. Our employers do not allow us to take lunch however they require him to deduct an hour of pay every day, so he loses 6 hours each week. I was wondering on why employers can deduct wages when they will tell you in no uncertain terms you are not allowed to take a lunch at all?

  • #2
    They can't.

    No law in any state permits an employer to deduct for a pay break that the employee does not take. Your co-worker, and any other employees who are having this deduction taken for breaks they did not take, are free to file a complaint with the PA DLI. They cannot legally be fired or have any adverse action taken against them for this complaint.
    Last edited by cbg; 09-22-2009, 05:09 PM.
    The above answer, whatever it is, assumes that no legally binding and enforceable contract or CBA says otherwise. If it does, then the terms of the contract or CBA apply.


    • #3
      Thank you! I'll let him know and I'm sure there's more employees that this is happening to.