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First, let me say that I am terribly sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It is a shame when an employer makes a decision without legitimacy, especially when that decision is quite frankly wrong. However, that does not necessarily mean that the decision is unlawful. An employer in Louisiana is not required to provide a meal break for breakfast, or for lunch. However, if the employer does decide to provide a break to their employees, then the break must be at least 20 minutes long in order for that break to be unpaid. Since the breaks are only 15 minutes in length, the employer must pay the employees for that time even if the employees are not actually working.
More about the law in this situation can be found here:
So, what this means is that while the employer is allowed to only allow these 15 minute breaks, you are likely (I am assuming you work 71/2 hours because the employers are not paying you for the two 15 minute breaks) entitled to an extra half hour of pay each day. If your employer refuses to pay you for this time, you can make an unpaid wage claim with the Louisiana Department of Labor. This can be done here:
Louisiana Department of Labor Physical Address: 1001 N. 23rd Street
P.O. Box 94094 Baton Rouge, LA 70804 - 9094 Ph:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/> Web: http://www.laworks.net/Workers.asp
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