Are You Required to Work Through Your Lunch Break?

In California, in most cases, you are legally entitled to receive pay for all hours you have worked—this includes times when you have to perform tasks through your lunch break or after your shift ends.

Recently, the state Supreme Court granted class action status to a labor lawsuit involving 21,000 current and former Apple employees over claims that the company failed to provide timely breaks as required by the law. The lawsuit also claimed that some workers were denied breaks altogether.

According to the Washington Post, Judge Ronald S. Prager of the Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego granted the class certification last month for the lawsuit involving retail employees and workers at corporate headquarters. The case involves employees who worked at Apple from December 2007 to August 2012.

Keep in mind, in California, employers are required to provide a 30-minute lunch break within an employee’s first five hours on the clock. Additionally, employers are required to provide a second rest break for shifts that run six to 10 hours. Employers are required to compensate workers with an extra hour of pay each time that meal breaks are not given on a timely basis or are not provided at all, according to the Post.

In his ruling, Prager wrote that there was evidence showing Apple did not comply with these laws.

How Do I Know If I Am Owed Money by an Employer?

If your employer has denied you meal breaks, contact our employment lawyers immediately. We can determine if you have an actionable case. Additionally, you should report your issues to the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Remember, if your employer is not providing you with a lunch break and not compensating you properly for working, it is illegal in many respects. Contact our attorneys today and make sure your employer is held liable for your dilemma.

Kesluk, Silverstein & JacobLos Angeles employment attorneys

Did You Know? In California, you are entitled to a ten-minute rest period for every four hours you work.