California labor laws mandate employers to provide non-exempt employees with meal breaks and rest breaks at specific times throughout the workday. Specifically, eligible employees are entitled to one 10-minute paid rest break for every four hours worked and one 30-minute paid or unpaid meal break if they work more than five hours in a day.
Additionally, as of January 1, 2020, California employers are also required to provide lactation breaks for nursing mothers according to specific accommodations. Failure to do so may not only violate an employee’s right to rest breaks but also their right to a workplace free of gender and/or disability discrimination.
If your current or past employer has violated your rights regarding meal or rest breaks, turn to the team at KJT Law Group. You could be entitled to compensation for unpaid wages, back-pay, and other related damages, and our Los Angeles rest break violation lawyers can help. We bring extensive experience in employment law to our practice, coupled with a zealous passion for defending the rights of California workers. We understand the many challenges these types of cases present, and we know how to navigate the system while effectively advocating for the justice you deserve. We provide legal services in English, Spanish, and Armenian and prioritize client communication, service, and support.
California’s wage and hour laws grant non-exempt employees the right to periodic rest breaks throughout the day. The law defines a “non-exempt” employee as one who is paid wages on an hourly basis and who does not meet the qualifications to be considered “exempt.”
Your employer cannot ask you to work or be “on call” during a rest or meal break unless the nature of your employment prevents you from being entirely relieved of your work-related duties and you have signed a written agreement to remain on call during your breaks. You are permitted to revoke this written agreement at any time during your employment.
Note that a person who works less than three and a half hours at a time is not required by law to receive a rest period.
The best thing you can do to protect your rights is contact an experienced employment law attorney. At KJT Law Group, our Los Angeles rest break violation lawyers can assist you in determining if you have a case. We are passionate about standing up for workers’ rights and are ready to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed by law.