"California is more protective of its workers than any other state in the union," says Schneider. "It will likely stay this way; people should be protected from working long hours.
Q: Why do companies and corporations continue to break the law?
They either think they aren't going to get caught or they don't understand the laws.
Q: How can an enormous corporation such as Wal-Mart not know employment regulations in California?
California law is different than nationwide and federal law. Multi-state companies often base their pay policies on federal law. Wal-Mart is a good example. It just got hit with over $100 million for meal break violations - a law idiosyncratic to California. Federal law again, is different.
Q: To your knowledge, are many companies attempting to "get away with it"?
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Q: Do you only practice employment law?
My practice has an emphasis on employment law. I was licensed on June 8th, 1992 and I have been involved in thousands of employment cases. Not all of them are wage and hour cases; but there are a lot of them out there. I also have several employment race discrimination cases pending.