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    Dara
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    My job requires 7 hours of computer time with no breaks to go outside and there is no ventilation or ability to open windows (it’s a high rise).
    My eyes are constantly straining and the nonstop computer use is giving me headaches daily. My boss doesn’t have a viable solution since this is what the job entails and there are no allowances for 10 minutes breaks to go outside.
    Is it time to look for another job that has a better environment? I’m making big mistakes that are costing the company due to my headaches and repetitive eye strain.

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    #1100383 Reply
    Copa
    Participant

    I would not stay at a job that did not allow breaks, so yeah, I’d say start looking if you’re not already.

    #1100385 Reply
    Bittergaymark
    Guest

    I was going to chime in and say that I thought such breaks were federally mandated. And blah blah blah. But then I did a Google search…

    And they’re not. 😳

    So yeah… I would definitely look for another job. Your present gig sounds like a nightmare. You deserve better.

    #1100386 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    Yes, you should look for another job, that’s not okay, and it’s a job-seeker’s market.

    #1100387 Reply
    Oracle
    Guest

    You need to leave. Most companies are not this stupid and short sighted. You have a workers comp claim. I would not even bother. Just leave.

    #1100397 Reply
    Allornone
    Guest

    I can’t speak for other countries, but I’m pretty sure that’s illegal in the U.S. You’re supposed to get at least a fifteen-minute break for every four hours of labor, and a half-hour break if you work for eight hours. That’s the way I always understood it.

    #1100398 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    That may be for hourly jobs but not salaried jobs.

    #1100399 Reply
    Oracle
    Guest

    Depends on the state what breaks you might be entitled too. Also what profession.

    #1100403 Reply
    Kate
    Keymaster

    So, it’s New York, and here’s a page that suggests you ARE entitled to breaks, with a contact for questions.

    https://www.completepayroll.com/labor-law-library/ny/breaks-rest-periods

    I mean, I Wouldn’t stay there, regardless, but know your rights.

    #1100405 Reply
    Fyodor
    Guest

    The job market is good now. I would update your resume and start looking on indeed, networking, etc.

    I would also consider (in parallel) visiting an optometrist to see if you need your eyeglasses prescription updated. That may be part of why you are having headaches.

    #1100407 Reply
    bloodymediocrity
    Participant

    At the very least, you can get a doctor’s note about the eye strain being caused and they have to give you accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Assuming they follow the law (which seems unlikely)

    But overall, I agree with everyone else: you should head for the hills. No one did work for a place that doesn’t respect it’s employees or their health.

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