The bill’s sponsor, state representative J.R. Hoell, argued that companies failing to provide lunch breaks would be shamed over social media, thus rendering the law unnecessary. “If they are not letting people have lunch, they could put it out though the news media, though social media. I don’t think that abusive behavior would continue, the way communications are today,” he said.
Of course, not every employer can be counted to to follow even the easiest of requirements to look after workers’ health and rights. Back in 2005, Walmart was forcedto pay $172 million for denying workers their lunch breaks. Pyramid Breweries Inc.settled a case in 2008 for $1.5 million. Just a few months ago, California ordered Embassy Suites to pay workerstens of thousands of dollars for forcing them to skip breaks.
WHY STOP HERE, GUYS? I swear, somebody needs to tell these people that the first couple pages of A Christmas Carol are not, you know, an instruction manual.