Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Paying Workers To Be on Duty During Lunch Exposes Employer to Double Damages

December 2018 Bar Bulletin

By Andy Kinstler

Employer-side attorneys in Washington have long used the “bona fide” dispute defense to avoid the “hammer” of double damages in wage-withholding litigation. That defense took a serious blow in the case of Hill v. Garda,1 decided by the Washington Supreme Court in August.

The litigation between Garda CL Northwest Inc. and its employees addressed the liability of an employer that fails to make sure its employees get and take meal and rest breaks. In Hill, the Supreme Court addressed again the meal and rest break issues presented in a nine-year-old case where...

CURRENT MEMBER?

SIGN IN TO VIEW THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE

NOT A MEMBER?

King County Bar
Association

1200 5th Ave, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101

Main (206) 267-7100

 Contact Us

Links

KCBF Logo

YLD Logo