Can my employer make me work 21 days straight?

My employer pushes us to work Monday-Sunday for more then 10-12 hours, with the terms customer demands other employees have brought up the rest day period and it is not being appropriately handled, just last month employees had only 2 days off.

Asked on April 1, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

First of all, when working 10-12 hours days, employess are entitled to a meal break of 30 minutes, unpaid, after 5 hours and an employee cannot work more than 10 hours a day without a second 30-minute break, except if the workday is no more than 12 hours. As for the 2 rest days, in CA, employees are entitled to 1 day of rest in 7, however the day of rest must be given in a workweek (not on a rolling basis for any consecutive 7 day period). Accordingly, it appears that you may have a claim. What you can do is to file a claim with the Department of Industrial relations and/or consult directly with a local employment law attorney.


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