Meal & Rest Break

Bay Area Lawyers for Meal & Rest Break Violations

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

A meal and rest break violation is just one of many types of unjust or prejudicial treatments employees face on the job and that we fight in court. For more about our Employment Law legal services, please see our “Bay Area Employment Law Attorney” page. Or for other types of employee work-related issues we fight for our clients, see the links to the right.

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.


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 (935) 937-3900 or submit the form to the right.

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.

We have four offices to serve you in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and Walnut Creek, and serve clients throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area including the entire Silicon Valley and throughout California.