Dave Jamieson huffingtonpost.com A new batch of Amazon warehouse workers sued the online retailer in federal court last week, claiming the company's workplace policies don't leave them with reasonable time to eat their lunches. In the lawsuit filed in South Carolina, seven warehouse workers say they were required to continue working and complete their tasks even after their unpaid half-hour breaks began. Once they were done, they would have to wait in line to go through a security screening, then take a six-minute walk across the massive warehouse to get some fresh air and eat. All told, the holdups typically left them with "less than 18 minutes" to enjoy their lunches before having to get back to picking and packing goods for Amazon customers, according to the suit. "Workers were unable to pursue their mealtime adequately and comfortably," the complaint states. What's more, the workers claim those lunch breaks were interrupted by managers reprimanding them for failing to meet quotas out on the floor. "Managers and Supervisors sometimes approach Warehouse Workers during Defendant's designated break period to give them written warnings and assign disciplinary points to them for [failing] to maintain the Defendants' productivity goals during the shift," the complaint states. The squeeze on workers' break time violates federal wage and hour laws, the plaintiffs claim. to read more: huffingtonpost.com
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