California employers don’t have to force meal breaks

Recent case sides with employer in meal-break suit

For years, employment litigation in California has been fodder for discussions among lawyers. The state’s laws tend to favor employees in many areas of labor and employment law. But a recent decision in a California meal-break case gave employers some relief.

Several employees of concrete company Granite Rock had filed suit against their employer claiming Granite Rock did not provide them adequate meal breaks or pay them for the extra hour they worked by not taking the break. The plaintiffs sought more than $6 million in damages and penalties.


Cathleen Flahardy

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