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Oakland Meal & Rest Break Lawyer

You Need and Deserve a Break. Don’t Let Them Tell You Otherwise.


It’s a Law That Employers Often Ignore

Some employers see giving employees breaks as money down the drain. They view wage and hour laws as guidelines that can be ignored. In reality, employers who don’t provide breaks can be forced to pay back wages plus penalties for each instance of this illegal practice.

During a typical eight-hour workday, you should always get a lunch break and two rest breaks.

By law, every worker is entitled to a 30-minute meal break during a shift of five hours or more. You cannot be “on call” during your break, forced to man the phones, or required to remain on the premises. By law, you are also entitled to a break of at least 10 minutes for every four hours of work. So, during a typical eight-hour workday, you should always get a lunch break and two rest breaks.

To enforce these basic meal and rest break rights, employers can be held accountable for one hour of extra pay for every meal break or rest break that was skipped over the prior three years. For many workers, this adds up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars in retroactive compensation.

We Can Help with Meal and Rest Break Abuses

Our experienced lawyers have a solid record of making employers pay these claims without the hassle and delay of bringing an administrative claim through the state. We work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid until you get paid. Call us or contact us online.


Get a Free Case Review

If you are an employee who feels their rights have been violated, or you need help negotiating or reviewing your employee contract, please call to speak to one of our expert employment law attorneys at 925-937-3900 or submit our form.

When litigation or mediation is involved, and we are able to take your case, there is never any fee or expense to you of any kind until you get paid! That means we pay all litigation costs which you will not be required to pay back, and we only get paid if you get paid.

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