This is a question about a job in the United States. It's a sales position in a small company where a person has to work alone in a small office. The work is for 9 hours a day where you can't leave the office to have your lunch. In other words, you need to have your lunch at the office during office hour.
The worker only gets paid for 8 hours a day, without any overtime. It's a 4-day-a-week job. With 2 people changing daily shifts & sometimes overlapping.
When the worker approached the representative of the employer regarding the possibility to be paid for the lunch hour, he was told that he can close the office to have his lunch break. The issue with that is that the business is not advertised as having lunch breaks, so if he closes the office he runs into trouble with customers (and delivery people, i.e. FedEx, UPS, etc) who complain that the office was closed when they were not aware of it (i.e. the sign does not mention lunch breaks.)
So my question, is it worth for the worker to pursue being paid for the lunch hour in that situation?