A California federal jury has found that Taco Bell underpaid its workers when they missed their meal breaks in violation of California law. The class was awarded nearly $496,000. However, the jury found no issue with the chain’s other rest and meal break policies. A class of workers had claimed that from 2003 through late 2007 the fast food restaurant maintained a policy of only paying 30 minutes worth of wages when an employee skipped a meal break, rather than the full hour California law required. After a three-week trial that began in late February, the jury agreed, finding that roughly 134,000 class members were underpaid and awarding the group $495,913 in unpaid wages.
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