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  Do you have so much work to do that you cannot take your 30-minute lunch break or 10-minute paid rest period? To cut back on costs, many California employers are asking employees to do more work than they can do in 40 hours. In response, employees are skipping breaks so that they can get out of work on time.

  The California employee rights lawyers at Employment Law Office of Ward Heinrichs have more than 40 years of combined experience in employment law and are dedicated to protecting the rights of California employees. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you find relief.


Not Getting a Break at Work? You Have Rights. We Can Help You Enforce Them.

  It is against the law for employers to deny uninterrupted lunch breaks to employees who work more than five hours a day. It is also against the law for an employer to deny a 10-minute rest for every four hours that you work.

When Do You Have a Case?

  Your rights are guaranteed by the California wage and hour laws. One of the most important rights created by these laws is the right of employees to have adequate time to eat and take appropriate rest breaks.

  Nonexempt employees are entitled to pay for any overtime that they work, including lunch and rest breaks. Even more importantly, your employer does not need to overtly request that you work those hours. You are entitled to pay for the work you do, even if you choose to work through lunch or you missed your 10-minute breaks.

  Are you a salaried employee? In California, some salaried employees are also subject to the wage and hour laws and are therefore entitled to take meal and rest breaks. Our attorneys can help you evaluate your situation and determine whether or not you have been misclassified as an exempt employee.

Denied Breaks at Work? Contact Us.

  Our California employee rights lawyers represent restaurant workers, debt collectors, security guards, medical office employees, hotel employees and other workers who are not getting breaks at work. We bring employment law claims on behalf of employees throughout California, including clients in the Inland Empire, San Diego and Los Angeles.

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“Mr. Heinrichs is truly the most caring attorney I have ever met. After calling for an initial consult and leaving a message, my call was returned with in 30 minutes. He listened to me with out making me feel like a dollar sign and agreed to take on my case. I never had a problem communicating with him. He explained the process and informed me of every next step. I always knew what to expect and what time frame I was looking at. He worked hard on my case and I was happy with the outcome.” Amy L. Lakeside, CA _____________________
“This is the second time I employed the service of this firm and I got a very positive outcome from my labor issue. Mr. Heinrichs is very understanding and professional and his negotiation skills are very effective in lending a voice to any employee that has to face a well defended and lawyered up corporation. I also recommended him to a friend of mine a couple of years back and he was able to also get a decent severance package for that person.”
M. S. Del Mar, CA _____________________
“Ward Heinrichs was very effective in helping me resolve my labor issues with my company. He advised me on settlements and we received the desired outcome very quickly. He also ran through various options on his fees and let me chose the one that worked for me. He is a pleasant and professional attorney and I recommend him highly.” L R. San Diego, CA _____________________
“My name is Jeffrey Walters and I was the lead class representative in a case against Pacific Eagle International Security, Inc., a company that provided armed security guard services for the U.S. Navy. During our case, Ward Heinrichs always responded to my phone calls and many e-mails regarding the many problems we all faced with this case. We worked closely together to prove that California wage law applied to Pacific Eagle, even though the class of security guards worked on property controlled by the Navy. Pacific Eagle believed that only federal wage law applied to it. Without Mr. Heinrichs’ unwavering persistence and total command of the difficult issues in the case, we probably would never have received the money Pacific Eagle owed us. Mr. Heinrichs presented the case through facts obtained through vigorous research. After two years of litigation, Pacific Eagle finally agreed to pay $900,000.00 to settle the class action for unpaid wages, un-reimbursed expenses, penalties, etc. I received $15,000.00 for being one of the class representatives in addition to my share of the money that Pacific Eagle owed me and my fellow security guards. I am very grateful for the hard work and commitment.”
Jeffrey Walters _____________________
“Ward Heinrichs is professional and knows employment law. He is personable, always answers his phone and was available anytime I called. As a person in transition for the very first time in 25 years, he has helped me move forward without any regrets. I would recommend Mr. Heinrichs for any employment related dispute.”
JFM Temecula, Ca. _____________________