Internet Backs Worker Who Quit 'Toxic' Job After Being Denied Lunch Break

The internet has slammed a company after a worker revealed he quit his job because he lost the right to a lunch break.

Shared on the popular Reddit community r/antiwork, user TyroneStitches_ shared the story which now has over 66,000 upvotes and thousands of comments.

In the post, the user explained the story: "[I've] been working there for four months. I was never late and always ready like 15 minutes before my shift starts. Today I had a tough morning, in a bad mood, and was six minutes late for work. My manager called me to his office, complaining about why I didn't call him to say I'm going to be late. I told him that I didn't think about calling him as I knew that I'll only be a little bit late."

The Redditor explained that after some back-and-forth with his manager, he was told he was not allowed to take a lunch break because he was late and it was busy.

"I didn't bring any lunch so I asked if I could at least grab a sandwich before starting my shift," wrote the user: "He agreed, but only to cut half an hour of my pay..."

The poster explained that he agreed and left to get a sandwich but then wrote: "It's been an hour and a half now since I left and I still haven't returned. My manager called me and I told him I quit. I don't regret it (yet?)."

U.S. federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks at work. When employers do offer short breaks (lasting around five to 20 minutes), federal law considers these breaks as compensable work hours that should be included in the hours worked during the week. Longer meal breaks (around 30 minutes), serve a different purpose than coffee or snack breaks and, thus, are not work time and are not compensable.

Some states do have laws about required breaks for employees. For example in California, employers must provide 30-minute unpaid breaks to non-exempt employees who work at least five hours per day. In contrast, Idaho does not have any meal or break requirements.

Flooded with comments, posters condemned the business's actions toward the worker. One Redditor said: "I think it shows the management is super toxic. People need breaks. If the people doing the work don't take lunch their performance will fall apart."

One commenter said: "You made the right decision. F*** that guy, and f*** that place for letting him treat people that way." Another user wrote: "Dang, what a toxic work environment. You did well. You deserve better, and I'm sure you'll find something better. Take care of yourself."

Newsweek reached out to TyroneStitches_ for comment.

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Note on a keyboard of a work computer with the text I QUIT. The internet has sided with an employee who quit his job after being denied a lunch break. Tanaonte/Getty Images