Recent case: Gary worked as a front desk clerk at a 25-room motel. He lived on the premises and was required to sit at the front desk for an eight-hour shift. He was not allowed to relax in his adjoining room or otherwise leave the post.
The motel owner, however, only paid him for the busy hours when guests checked in. Gary wasn’t paid for the time he sat with nothing to do but wait. He sued, alleging Wage Code violations.
The court said he was owed pay for the entire shift, not just the time he actually worked. (Zhao v. Lincoln Park Motel, No. B252601, Court of Appeal of California, 2014)