Brinker ruling raises questions about break-related lawsuits

DALLAS Brinker International Inc. said a California Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that a wage-and-hour lawsuit against the Chili’s Grill & Bar parent could not proceed as a class action because of the court’s interpretation of meal and rest break requirements. The court determined that Brinker was only obliged to “make available” meal and rest breaks to employees, not to “ensure” they were taken, the company said. The ruling could have profound implications for other restaurant

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