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California Court Certifies Employment Law Class Action Against Brinker International

Restaurants’ Class Action Defense Fails to Prevent Class Certification in Meal and Rest Breaks Lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reports today that a California court has certified a class action against the operator of restaurant chains Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill alleging failure to provide employee meal and rest periods required by California state law. According to the report, Judge Patricia Cowett of the San Diego Superior Court certified the class action on behalf of both current and former employees. The article maintains that, according to the plaintiffs’ lawyer, the class action that may cover as many as 63,000 class members.

The article, entitled “Brinker Faces Class Action over Meal Breaks,” may be found in the Business Section of the July 15, 2006 Los Angeles Times.