Many types of workers are required to miss meal and rest breaks or work overtime hours due to the conditions of their jobs. This is a serious problem when workers are not properly paid for missed breaks and overtime hours. In some cases, employers require workers to clock out for rest breaks, but the employees are legally entitled to paid rest breaks in California.
These types of employment law violations could happen to anyone in any industry. Following are three types of essential workers who may be particularly vulnerable to wage and hour violations.
Truck drivers, app drivers and other people who drive for a living may have to stay in or remain near their vehicles due to traffic congestion, long lines at weigh stations or ports, or other factors that make taking a break impossible. Drivers in California may be owed significant back pay for missed meal and rest breaks, as well as unpaid overtime.
Likewise, security guards often have to miss meal and rest breaks and work overtime due to staffing shortages and other requirements of the job. It is unfortunately not uncommon for security guards to not get their rightful meal and rest breaks or overtime pay.
Nurses are often required by their employers to miss meal and rest breaks and work long hours. For example, a nurse may be required to monitor patients during meal and rest breaks, and that typically amounts to an employment law violation in California.
Whatever type of work you do, you have to know that employees in California are entitled to proper meal and rest breaks, as well as proper pay for overtime.