Akin Gump Achieves Favorable Decision in Landmark Employment Case Before California Supreme Court

Brinker International, one of the world’s leading casual dining restaurant companies, announced that the California Supreme Court has issued an opinion in Brinker Restaurant Corp. et al v. The Superior Court for the State of California for the County of San Diego. The decision resolves the legal standards to be applied to California meal period and rest break class actions.

“Today the California Supreme Court defined key aspects of California’s meal and rest period laws - especially, that employers need not force their employees to take meal periods they would prefer to skip,” said Akin Gump partner Rex Heinke, Brinker’s lead attorney before the California Supreme Court.

“The Court’s definitive resolution of these critical issues offers clear and much-needed guidance not only to Brinker and their team members, but to hundreds of thousands of employers and employees statewide,” said Heinke. “It has been a pleasure to represent Brinker in this historic case, and we are delighted with the California Supreme Court’s decision, which will benefit all California employers and employees.”

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