Can an employer force an employee to take an unpaid lunch break?

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My mother works 6 hours a day and never took breaks before. Now out of the blue her boss wants her to take a 30 minute unpaid lunch. He will not state why. The boss does not make a 7 hour per day younger male co-worker take a break. The lost time cannot be made up. My mother has been working in a similar capacity for over 40 years in food service without taking a lunch. There is plenty of work that won't get done if the employees take lunch.

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