I work at a recreation program for students with disabilities. It is a full-time position (8am-4:30pm, w/ 30min break, five days a weeK) but seasonal (seven weeks during the summer). Tomorrow we are taking the students on a field trip, and our boss told us that breaks will not be allowed as a result, although we are still working the same hours. I asked if that meant we were getting paid 8 1/2 hours for the day, to which he replied "Yes."
Later, he reversed this decision, citing a letter of acceptance for the position that we as employees received prior to the start of work that states no employee will be paid for more than 40 hours/week. The letter, as it reads, states that: "Employees may not work over 40 hours per week for the Recreation Department," but says nothing about not being paid for working more than 40 hours.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I know it is not legally required to allow for break time at work, butit seems they are unwilling to pay for more than the typical eight hours. Is there anything I can do?