Talk to an Experienced Employment Attorney About Getting Compensation for Lost Meal Breaks & Rest Periods
At Orange County Employment Law, we specialize in helping employees throughout Orange County recover money from employers for unpaid meal breaks and rest periods. Unlike some of the big law firms, we’re proud to offer a highly personalized experience that can be specifically tailored to each client’s needs. Because of the focused attention we’re able to provide, we’re able to give our clients the best chance at maximizing their judgment. We’re so confident in our success rate, that we only charge a fee if we win your case. If you don’t win, you don’t pay a penny!
California Law Regarding Meal Breaks and Rest Periods
In California, employers must provide a 30-minute meal period to their employees for a work period of more than five hours per day except when the total hours worked in the day is not more than six. The employee must be relieved of all duty or it is considered an “on-duty” meal period and the employee must be paid at their regular rate of pay. Similarly, If the employer requires the employee to remain at the work site or facility during the meal period, the meal period must be paid. Employees are entitled to a second thirty-minute meal period for a work period of more than ten hours per day.
Many employers violate California’s meal period laws by not providing timely meal periods to their employees or simply not allowing employees to take a meal break at all. If you are not regularly provided meal breaks while working, you are entitled to compensation equal to one hour of pay at your hourly rate for each meal and rest period that you were not provided.
If you feel that any of the above mentioned scenarios apply to you, please contact our office immediately for a free consultation.