Meal & Rest Break Violations in Los Angeles
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Whether an employer is forcing you to work through lunch, is not letting
you take breaks, or is not paying you for breaks, you need to understand
your legal rights and options. Alan Burton Newman,
Los Angeles employment law attorney, has the courtroom-tested insights you deserve to have on your side. Get
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California Meal & Rest Break Law: A Brief Overview
California mandates paid breaks in addition to a meal break. In short,
you’re supposed to get a 30 minute break for meals after you have
worked for five hours. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these
breaks are unpaid. Additionally, every 4 hours an employee should get
a 10 minute rest or smoke break—these must be paid for by the employer.
These rules will vary depending on how many hours you work in a day. But
if you are going uncompensated for breaks or are not allowed to take your
allotted breaks, then your employer is violating state labor laws and
may also be breaking federal regulations.
When Does the Law Say I Should Get Meal Breaks?
In the state of California, your boss must give you adequate rest and meal
breaks. This includes an unpaid meal break of at least 30 minutes if you
are working five hours a day or more. If you are working 10 hours a day
or more, you are entitled to two 30-minute meal breaks. During this meal
break, the law entitles you to leave the property or to do anything that
you like. This meal break is “free time.” This means that
your employer cannot stop you from leaving your place of work—for
example, if you want to use your meal break to meet a friend for lunch,
get your oil changed, or workout at the gym. Your meal break must also
be uninterrupted. Your boss can’t ask you to work halfway through
your break and then take the rest of the break later.
Am I Entitled to Rest Breaks?
For every four hours you work, the law entitles you to a 10-minute rest
break. Whether you want to use this time to smoke, eat a snack, grab a
cup of coffee, go for a walk, read, or call a loved one, is entirely up to you.
Can I Sue My Boss for Forcing Me to Work Through Meal / Rest Breaks?
If you had the opportunity to take your meal breaks and / or rest breaks
but chose not to, you do not have grounds for a lawsuit. If, however,
your employer prevented, threatened, or punished you for taking your lawful
breaks, you may be able to file a claim. If your boss ignored the law,
you are entitled to compensation for each missed meal break as well as
one hour of pay at your regular rate, for every violation. In some cases
where your boss forced you to work through your meal breaks, you may have
accumulated unpaid overtime hours by working more than 40 hours per week.
Speak with our Los Angeles employment attorney about your case, and the
justice you deserve.
You can learn more about California mea and rest break laws on our FAQ page.
Los Angeles Wage & Hour Attorney Standing Up for You
Alan Burton Newman is an attorney for unpaid wages in Los Angeles who has
successfully represented employees against big corporations and agencies,
including ABC, DreamWorks, General Motors, and the LAPD. When you need
a powerhouse legal advocate who gets results, you can count on our us
to handle your claim for a violation of rest or
meal periods in California.
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