Don’t Let Your Employer Violate Your Right To Meal And Rest Breaks
Failure to provide meal and rest breaks is a serious employment law violation in California. If your employer has denied your right to meals and paid rest breaks, you could be entitled to significant meal or rest break wages, especially if your meal or rest break rights have been violated over the course of weeks or months.
Our attorneys have extensive experience in this complex area of wage and hour law, and we know where to look to uncover violations. We are a dedicated, respected team of trial lawyers who will not hesitate to fight for you in court if that is the best option for your case. We proudly represent individual employees and groups of employees whose rights to meal and rest breaks have been violated. We want to help you, too.
To arrange a consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, please call GrahamHollis APC at 866-568-4521 or contact us by email. We represent workers in San Diego and throughout California.
Your Right To Paid Rest Breaks
If you are a nonexempt employee in California, your employer must provide you with a paid 10-minute rest break for each four-hour period you work, or major fraction thereof. If your employer does not authorize or permit a rest break, you are entitled to one additional full hour of pay for each workday that your employer did not provide you a paid and completely free of duties rest break.
Your Right To Meal Breaks
In California, if you are a nonexempt employee, your employer is required by law to provide you with a meal break of at least 30 minutes when you work more than five hours a day before the end of your fifth hour of work. Your employer is also required to provide a second meal break of at least 30 minutes if your work period extends beyond 10 hours.
Generally, meal breaks must be at least 30-minutes long and completely free of all duties. So, for example, even if you are allowed to take a break, it may be noncompliant if your employer makes you monitor a walkie talkie on your break or doesn’t allow you to leave the premises. You are entitled to an hour of pay each day you are not provided with a fully compliant meal break.