Baxter Not Obliged To Ensure Meal Breaks Are Taken: Judge

Law360, New York (November 30, 2011, 4:26 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Monday sided with Baxter Healthcare Corp. in a class action, holding that employers must only make available meal breaks required under state law — not ensure that workers take them — in a ruling that comes as California's highest court mulls the same issue.

U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney granted Baxter's bid for summary judgment as to plaintiff Anna Nguyen's individual claims and closed the case Monday.

Nguyen, who worked for Baxter as a manufacturing employee in Irvine, Calif., from...
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