Today is the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's issuance of its opinion in Brinker. It is an opportune day for me to publicly congratulate my co-counsel, Tracee Lorens and Michael Rubin, who were both selected by California Lawyer magazine as recipients of 2013 CLAY Awards in Employment Law for their work on behalf of the employees in Brinker. (I was also an honoree.) The Awards were announced in the March 2013 issue of the magazine.
I am so proud of them, as I am of Michael Singer and Dave Mara, whose contributions were invaluable and who really should have been honored too. With three lawyers from the plaintiffs' team already selected by the editors of California Lawyer for our work, however, it seems not everyone could be named.
As I have said before, we could not be happier with the Supreme Court's ruling that employers may not simply "offer" meal periods, but rather must take affirmative steps to actually relieve workers of all duty, while at the same time refraining from doing anything to interfere with employees' ability to actually take their meal periods. We are pleased that the editors of California Lawyer saw fit to recognize our work.
Congratulations also to the rest of the 2013 CLAY Award recipients. My co-counsel in LCDs, Fran Scarpulla, received a well-deserved award for his work on that antitrust class action, and Michael Rubin's partner Danielle Leonard was the first attorney ever to receive two CLAY Awards in the same year (Education Law and Voting Rights). Contratulations to her and to all.