Kitchenware Retailer Settles Calif. Workers' Rest-Break Claims

Law360, San Francisco (August 5, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge Monday gave preliminary approval to a deal between a kitchenware chain and a class of 3,000 California employees who claimed retailer Sur La Table's employment policies illegally deprived them of breaks and didn't compensate them for missed breaks.

U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero greenlighted the $600,000 settlement in a brief hearing Monday, but told plaintiff Aaron Palm's attorneys that they should expect to defend Palm's proposed $15,000 award.

“That strikes me as high, so you'll need to justify it,” Judge...
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