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I work 5 hours/day, I’m told the reason we don’t get breaks is because we take an hour for lunch but I don’t take a lunch and work 5 hours straight and then my day is done. Is there a law/code in Texas against that?

Is there a law that the employer must give workers rest breaks or meal breaks in Texas? No, there is not.

Texas is among the majority of US states, with no break law whatsoever for employees over the age of 18. 

 In this situation, you have two choices: you can work 5 hours straight and go home, or you can work 5 hours with a 1 hour unpaid break. Can the employer require you to take a one-hour unpaid lunch? Yes, the employer is free to set whatever policies he or she likes about breaks in Texas. An employee who does not follow the company’s break policy can be disciplined or terminated.

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