Missed Meal Breaks
Your Meal Break Rights
In California, if you work more than six hours in a workday, you’re entitled to at least a 30-minute unpaid meal break by the fifth hour of work, and if you work more than ten hours in a workday, you’re entitled to a second 30-minute unpaid meal break (in most instances).
The law requires meal breaks to be duty-free, which means you don’t have to do any work during your meal and it’s your time to do what you want including leave the worksite.
Every time you have to work through your meal break or simply don’t get a meal break, you’re entitled to at least one hour of pay. Even if you’re a salaried emplyoee, you may have a lawsuit and you may be entitled to backwages.
To learn more about your meal break rights, Contact Civil Justice.