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Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you tonight.You are correct they appear to be violating Tennessee law.
State law requires that each employee scheduled to work six (6) consecutive hours must have a thirty (30) minute meal or rest period, except in workplace environments that by their nature of business provides for ample opportunity to rest or take an appropriate break. The failure to give a (30) minute meal or rest period is a violation of State law only.
Violation of this Tennessee law is considered a Class B misdemeanor. A fine of at least $100 but not more than $500 can be given to employers for each violation of the law. A civil penalty of between $500 and $1000 can also be imposed at the discretion of the Labor Commissioner if the violation is found to be willful.
Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentBurns Phillips, Commissioner
220 French Landing DriveNashville, Tennessee 37243(###) ###-####/p>
- See more at: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/topic/wages-benefits-breaks#sthash.tFh6NdfL.dpuf
I think a complaint will resolve this, they will fine them and ensure they come into compliance.
I appreciate the chance to help you tonight.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.
Copy the union rep here too with your complaint.