I've been working for HFS for the last 3 years and at the place I work we don't get any breaks. We work 3-5 hour shifts at a time, and sometimes cover other people's shifts right before or right after our shifts. So there have been times when I've worked 8-9 hours straight, without any breaks. When we were hired we were not given any information about breaks or even told that we get breaks (according to state law, which I think still applies to student employees). Recently we discovered that they have been deducting 30 minutes of pay from every 5+ hour shift we work, even though we don't get or take any breaks. When we realized this we asked to get the money back, and they did give us back the money for this fiscal year (is that from Sept or Jan?), but they said that the 2 years before that I'm just out of luck because those were different fiscal years and reimbursing us isn't in the budget. Not that it matters too much, but I know for a fact that it is in their budget because we are getting laid off in May which frees up the last month of the quarter's budget, which is more than enough to pay us all back.
My question is: Can they do that? Can they just not give us the money that we rightfully earned? Also, can they not give us breaks?
Sorry that was so long, but it is sort of a complicated scenario. Thanks to anyone who can provide any information on the subject. Its been really frustrating.