Employers got a rude surprise Monday when California's high court gave overworked employees more time to seek compensation for missed meal and rest breaks. The ruling, which management-side lawyers called shocking, allows employees who have been denied the state-mandated breaks up to three years to file suit. Employers had argued there was a one-year statute of limitations. The attorney who represented defendant Kenneth Cole Productions said the ruling could "easily" cost companies millions of dollars.
Calif. Justices Give Employees a Break on Wage Claims
April 17, 2007