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Seeking Just Results for Employees Who Are Denied Rest and Meal Breaks in Los Angeles, CA

Helping employees understand their rights and remedies for wage and hour violations

Failure by employers to allow rest and meal breaks is an ongoing problem in the workplace. It often remains unaddressed because employees do not understand the law or are fearful of losing their jobs if they complain. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we help employees understand their rights and protect them from adverse employment actions. We adapt our representation to your needs and help you negotiate with your employer. Our attorneys resolve your claim through mediation or courtroom litigation and ensure you are adequately compensated for unlawful actions against you. The penalty for failure to allow rest breaks and meal breaks is one hour of additional pay to the employee per violation.

Denial of rest breaks

Under California law, employees are guaranteed a paid ten-minute minute rest period for every four hours worked. Although employees are not required to take a rest period, they must be given the option. Employees who work fewer than 3.5 hours per day are not entitled to a break, although an employer may still provide one. An employer who denies rest breaks to employees can be held accountable for violating the law.

Denial of rest breaks is difficult to prove, but our attorneys have the experience to guide you through your claim and obtain just results. By obtaining written proof of employer policies against breaks, you can build strong wage and hour claims against an offending employer.

Denial of meal breaks

Employees are entitled to a 30-minute meal break for every five hours worked. Employees who are on the job for more than 10 hours per day are entitled to two 30-minute meal periods. The requirement to provide meal breaks can be waived in certain situations if both the employer and employee agree to it. These situations include:

  • If an employee works for six hours or less, the first meal period may be waived
  • If an employee works for 12 hours or less, the second meal break may be waived

Our Los Angeles employment lawyers force your employer to comply with wage and hour laws. We obtain one hour of additional pay per violation for clients who are denied rest and meal breaks. In addition, we represent you if you are forced to remain on the work premises for meals or are interrupted from meals by your employer for work purposes.

Seek experienced representation in Los Angeles when your employer takes advantage of you

At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC, our Los Angeles attorneys offer sensitive, creative and highly personalized service on a contingency basis to help protect your employment rights and benefits. For a free initial consultation with a skilled attorney, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 today.