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Meal and Rest Breaks


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In California, employers must provide all non-exempt employees with one 10-minute rest break for every 4 hours worked and at least a 30-minute lunch break for 5 or more hours worked in a day. Failure to do so constitutes grounds for suit. 

If your employer harasses or fires you because you have demanded the wages, overtime, or rest or meal breaks to which you are entitled, you likely have a case for wrongful termination. Oftentimes a successful wrongful termination case will result in liquidated damages, attorney fees and costs, and, if the employer’s conduct was willful, back pay and punitive damages. 

An attorney can help you when your employer has paid you below minimum wage, withheld your wages or cut your wages below the minimum wage, refused to pay you overtime, or failed to provide you with the required meal and rest breaks.