A woman has incited a debate on TikTok after complaining about unpaid lunch hours.
TikTok user Jess (@genericjess420) said that she always thought work was from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and was shocked to find out that a lot of jobs actually last from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are broken up by an unpaid lunch hour.
“When did everyone collectively decide to sneak another hour in the workday for lunch that they won’t pay us for,” Jess wrote in the text overlay on her video.
Unpaid meal breaks vary from state to state. In California, employees must receive a 30-minute meal break for every five hours they work, while in New York, it’s a break for every six hours. And in New York, employees also aren’t allowed to opt out of their lunch breaks and should not do any work during that meal period.
The Fair Labor Standards Act, which is the federal wage law, does not require employers to provide meal breaks.
Commenters agreed with Jess’s frustration over the situation.
“IT’S A SCAM, people. Scam,” one person wrote.
“Literally been lied to my whole life,” another agreed.
“The unpaid lunch hour is a scam and such a strain on workers,” a commenter said.
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