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Many security officer employers are violating state wage and hour laws. Security guards often say that they work overtime without overtime pay and have not been allowed rest breaks or meal breaks. If you are a security guard and you have been forced to work without breaks or overtime, then you may be part of a class action lawsuit. Please contact us using the form on this page or call 817-455-6822. An investigation into this matter is ongoing.
Wage and Hour Laws
State wage and hour laws require employers to pay for rest breaks, give workers rest breaks and give workers meal breaks. This discussion is about California laws but every state has laws protecting workers. The California Labor Code is used in the state of California. The most important rights for employees involve minimum wage, overtime pay, meal breaks, and rest breaks.
Under Section 1182.12 of the Labor Code, as of July 1, 2014 the minimum wage for all industries is $9.00 per hour. After January 1, 2016 the minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour. Subject to few exceptions, right now every person employed in California should be receiving an hourly wage of at least $9.00 an hour.
Generally it is prohibited for anyone to work more than 8 hours in any workday or more than 40 hours in a workweek unless that person receives an overtime pay rate. The overtime rate must be at least one and one-half times (1.5x) your regular rate of pay. If you work more than 12 hours in one day, the overtime rate must be at least twice (2x) your regular rate of pay. These overtime laws apply to all overtime work, whether it has been authorized or not.
Under section 512 of the Labor Code, employers must give employees a meal period (aka: lunch break) if the employee works more than 5 hours in a day. The meal period must be at least 30 minutes. If an employee works more than 10 hours a day, the employee must have a second meal period that is also at least 30 minutes long.
Employers must generally permit rest periods for employees working at least 3 and ½ hours a day. These mandatory rest periods must be at least 10 minutes for every 4 hours worked. The rest break should come in the middle of a 4 hour work period.
Description of the Problem
Some security officers employed report being forced to work overtime but do not receive overtime pay. Employees also report that they are not allowed meal breaks or rest breaks during their work periods. These work practices are in violation of the law.
If you are a security guard and you have worked overtime without overtime pay, did not receive meal breaks or rest breaks, or have experienced other work-related problems in violation of labor laws, then you may be part of a class action lawsuit. Please contact us using the form on this page or call 817-455-6822.