Atty Fee Appeal Could Chill Calif. Meal Break Claims

Law360, San Diego (March 5, 2012, 11:04 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a closely watched case challenging an award of attorneys’ fees to a fire protection consulting firm, which, if upheld, could make employees more reluctant to bring state claims over missed meal and rest breaks, according to employment experts.

The state’s high court is going to be looking at whether employers can recover attorneys’ fees if they successfully defend against a claim alleging they denied meal and rest breaks to workers and whether that award...
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