Can my employer deny me a meal break?
No. In Connecticut, employers must offer a 30 minute break for any employee who works at least a 7 ½ hour shift. Furthermore, that break cannot occur during the first or last two hours of the break. For example, an employee who works 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. must have be offered a meal break between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Understand that this meal break need not be taken. The only legal obligation is that it is offered. The exact language of the law is:
No person shall be required to work for seven and one-half or more consecutive hours without a period of at least thirty consecutive minutes for a meal. Such period shall be given at some time after the first two hours of work and before the last two hours.
C.G.S. Section 31.51i.