Can a job not give minors breaks?
So, I’m a lifeguard and I work 9 hour shifts (11-8) and we aren’t given breaks. I told my supervisor that when I looked it up minors in my state are apparently supposed to have at least a 30 minute break in every 5 hour work period. He said that we don’t get breaks because we don’t “clean enough”. Can he do that? My coworkers and I are all 16 with the exception of two that recently turned 18.
- babyboomer1001Lv 76 months ago
Breaks are only mandatory in California. Anywhere else, they are given at the employer's option. Most places do not give breaks. Breaks are not designated by age.Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Employment law experience.
- NosehairLv 76 months ago
At a job where 90% of the time you are sitting down watching people, breaks don't seem quite so necessary. You obviously can get someone to cover while you use the restroom so grab a snack on the way back, that's enough.
- `Lv 76 months ago
In my state, a sixteen year old is no longer considered a minor and works the same hours as an adult.
- 6 months ago
He is required to follow the law.
Do you sit in the lifeguard chair the whole 9 hours? Or is there a time you are not in the chair?
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- xyzzyLv 76 months ago
Are you sure? Where do you live? In my state (Georgia) people 16 or older are not considered minors for the purposes of work. And neither the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) nor Georgia law require breaks or meal periods be given to workers. However, many employers do provide breaks and meal periods. Your boss most likely has a better idea of the law than you. Of course you could look for a new job.
- Anonymous6 months ago
the next sunny day , get all the lifeguards together and go on strike .
- David SLv 76 months ago
Isn't lifeguarding mostly one long break of sitting and watching?
- DavidLv 76 months ago
Then what would happen in an emergency if you were on a break?
- EnguerarrardLv 76 months ago
That's a garbage line. Your state should have a department of labor or something like that to which you can report him.