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Know Your Rights Regarding Workday Breaks

California labor laws state that any employee who works a shift of six hours or more is allowed to take a 30-minute meal break that begins no later than the end of the fifth hour. The employee may be required to take this break unpaid. The employer relinquishes control of the employee’s activities during the break. A second 30-minute meal break must be provided to any employee who works a 10-hour shift or longer. This meal break must be provided no later than the end of the employee’s 10th hour of work.In addition to these 30-minute lunch breaks, 10-minute breaks must be given to any employee who works at least 3.5 hours. Mandatory 10-minute breaks must be allowed for every four hours worked or a “major fraction” of four hours. Anything over two hours is considered to be a major fraction of four hours.

If your employer in Southern California regularly denies you breaks or consistently asks you to work through your prescribed lunch period, you may be able to take legal action. Call Jay S. Rothman & Associates to discuss your circumstances. From offices in Woodland Hills, our lawyers provide legal advice and representation for clients in communities throughout Los Angeles County and the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. If you feel your wage and hour rights have been violated, call 818-986-7870 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Los Angeles attorney for cases involving employment breaks today.

Violations of your rights for labor law breaks include:

  • Your employer has a supervisor sit with you during your break to monitor your behavior and conversation.
  • You are required to remove (doff) required work equipment after you punch out for your lunch break or put on (don) equipment before punching back in for work.
  • Your employer requires you to work through your regularly scheduled break, but promises to “make it up to you” later.
  • You are not paid your full overtime pay because you were allowed a break during the overtime hours.
  • Your employer does not provide a separate space or suitable environment for a break or meals.

San Fernando Valley Employee Rights Attorneys

Get the legal help you need to protect your employee rights. Call 818-986-7870. You may also use our contact form to submit an email regarding your case. We offer a free consultation, and we advance all costs of investigating, preparing and litigating your case.