Wage and hour claims in California have been increasing in recent years due to changing employment laws and employee awareness. Still many employers fail to properly pay their employees for the hours they work. Although this may be intentional in some circumstances, many employers do not keep current with wage and hour laws and they do not consult legal counsel which leaves them open to wage and hour claims by employees that are not compensated according to California and Federal employment law.

Paid Rest Breaks

When an employee works a certain number of hours they become eligible for a paid rest period. This is generally 10 minutes for every 4 hours worked. It is not optional that an employer provide these breaks to employees, it is required by law. An employer cannot mandate that you work through your rest period or sanction you for not completing work during a rest period. If you believe that your employer has not provided you with paid rest breaks when you were entitled, contact a wage and hour claims attorney today.

Unpaid Meal Breaks

Employees are legally entitled to at least a 30 minute meal break if they work more than 5 hours in a workday. The meal break must occur no later than the 5th hour in which the employee works. A second unpaid meal break must be provided when an employee works more than 10 hours. In order for an employer to be compliant, the employer must relieve the employee of their duty and relinquish control of the employee’s activities and allow at least a 30 minute uninterrupted meal break.  If your employer has not provided you with unpaid meal breaks according to law, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a wage and hour claims attorneys today.

Unpaid Overtime

Generally an employer must pay overtime to an employee if they work more than 8 hours in a workday or more than 40 hours in a workweek. Some exceptions may apply with alternative work schedules. The method of calculating when and how much overtime is due can be confusing to both employers and employees. Regardless of any confusion or mistake, overtime hours are still due. If you believe that you were entitled to overtime pay by law and your employer did not pay overtime, contacta wage and hour claims attorneys today.


If you have been a victim of  a wage and hour violation, our wage and hour claims attorneys can help. Please call our office at 510-817-2711 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, Randall Aiman-Smith, Reed Marcy or Hallie Von Rock. Our office is located near the Oakland Coliseum off Highway 880, 66th Avenue exit. We welcome the opportunity to review and discuss your legal concerns.

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