Security company required guards to be "on duty" during rest breaks, violating Labor Code. Award made by judge in summary judgment.
$55,887,565 + $31,204,465 interest
Labor Code sec. 203 penalties of $2,650,096
Defendant employer had a company-wide policy and practice which required its security guard employees to remain on call at all times, including during rest breaks. Plaintiff Class of security guards claim they were not provided off-duty rest breaks as required by Labor Code sec. 226.7 because they were required to remain on call and therefore not relieved of all duties. Plaintff security guards were required to carry radios, cell phones, pagers or otherwise be available at all times and were subject to being called back at any time.
That "on call" is not "relieved of all duties" as required by California law. That Defendant employer was required to ensure its employeees were relieved of all duty and failed to do so. Alternatively, Defendant employer was required to obtain an exemption from the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement as it had done in the past but failed to renew or reapply. That based thereon, plaintiffs are entitled to one additional hour of pay for every shift for which they did not receive an "off duty" rest break.
That, so long as the rest breaks were not interrupted, there was no violation.
Statutory damages pursuant to California Labor Code sec. 226.7 of one hour of additional pay at employee's regular rate of pay for each day which employee was not provided a rest break in compliance with the labor code.