Is an employee entitled to take a lunch break in Kentucky?

An employee in Kentucky must be allowed a "reasonable" period for a lunch or meal break.  

The meal break shall be allowed as close as possible to the middle of the employee's shift but not earlier than 3 hours from its beginning or later than 5 hours from its start.

Source: KRS 337.355

An employer is not required to pay an employee in Kentucky for their lunch or meal break. However, if the employee performs substantial work during the lunch or meal break, they must be paid.

If you have not been paid the wages or overtime owed you, contact Lexington, Kentucky wages and overtime lawyer Robert Abell at 859-254-7076. Robert Abell filed a wages and overtime suit on behalf of three former employees because they worked through their supposed meal break and were not paid for the work; read a copy of the complaint here.