Lawyers Up In Arms Over Landmark Wage Ruling

Law360, New York (April 17, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Employment lawyers are fuming over the California Supreme Court’s “anti-employer” ruling on Friday that triples the back pay employees can seek if they are forced to work through meal and rest breaks in violation of state law.

Lawyers expressed outrage Tuesday that the unanimous ruling in Murphy v. Kenneth Cole placed a greater burden upon employers to do business in California, a state known for its worker-friendly regulations, and gave the plaintiffs bar more incentive to file suit against employers.

“It’s an anti-business, anti-employer decision,” said...
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