April 7, 2014
By Jose R. Garay
Employees with job duties that primarily consist of driving duties are often required by their employers to work through their meal and rest breaks, have them consistently interrupted, cut short, or missed altogether. The California Supreme Court recently held in Bluford v. Safeway Stores, Inc. that employers must provide truck drivers meal and rest breaks. In other words, if an employer fails to provide its drivers with meal and rest breaks, the employer must pay its employee one hour of the employee's regular rate of pay. For example, John Doe makes $20 per hour driving vehicles for his employer. Because John's employer requires him to work a heavy schedule he often has his meal or rest breaks interrupted, cut short, or works through them. John's employer must pay him $20 (one hour's work of pay at his regular rate) for each missed, interrupted, or truncated meal or rest period. This can add up to a lot of money damages because in California you may be able to recover up to four years of damages.
If you are a driver and your employer has a pattern, practice, or policy that causes you to have your meal and rest periods missed, interrupted, or cut short, then call Jose Garay, APLC for a free consultation at (949) 208-3400 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. An experienced attorney can help evaluate your claims and potentially help you recover money for your employer's employment violations.
About The Author
Jose R. Garay is an experienced employment attorney with over 15 years of experience. He is the principal owner of Jose Garay, APLC and his office has successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of thousands of clients. Mr. Garay graduated from Stanford University and obtained his law degree from Southern Methodist University. He is a former financial advisor and specializes in high profile class action, individual, and multi-party cases.