Meal, Rest Break Subclasses OK'd In Brinker Wage-Hour Saga

Law360, New York (September 27, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT) -- A California judge tentatively certified a meal period subclass Thursday and rejected Chili's Grill & Bar owner Brinker International Inc.'s bid to decertify a rest break subclass in a restaurant worker wage-and-hour suit that led to a landmark California Supreme Court ruling in April 2012.

Judge William Dato issued a tentative ruling noting that “this is the first substantive post-remand trial court proceeding” since the lawsuit — first filed back in 2004 — returned to the trial court after California's highest court clarified the legal landscape regarding...
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