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Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court

273 P.3d 513 (2012)

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Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court

California Supreme Court

273 P.3d 513 (2012)

Facts

Adam Hohnbaum (plaintiff) sought to certify a class action on behalf of hourly, nonexempt employees of Brinker Restaurant Corporation (Brinker) (defendant). Hohnbaum alleged that Brinker failed to provide these employees with meal and rest breaks as required by California law. Specifically, Hohnbaum alleged that Brinker allowed the employees fewer breaks than required by law and sometimes required them to take a single break near the beginning of a shift, followed by as many as eight or more hours of work without an additional meal or rest period. Brinker also had a policy of allowing breaks only for every four hours worked. The trial court certified a class to adjudicate common questions regarding the meal and rest periods. The California Court of Appeal reversed the class certification, and Hohnbaum appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Werdegar, J.)

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