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Make-Up Time

Make-Up Time is when a nonexempt employees is allowed to work hours in excess of an eight-hour day without becoming entitled to daily overtime. This usually is allowed if the employee is making up for hours of work lost due to personal obligations.

Marital Status Discrimination

Marital Status Discrimination involves discrimination based on an individual’s state of marriage, nonmarriage, divorce or dissolution, separation, widowhood, annulment or marital state.

Meal Period

A meal period refers to the time allowed by an employer for their employee to eat lunch. In California, an employer may not employ an employee for a work period of more than five hours per day without providing the employee with a meal period of not less than thirty minutes, except that if the total work period per day of the employee is no more than six hours. There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Mental Impairment

A mental impairment is a mental or psychological disorder, such as emotional or mental illness.

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage is a floor on the hourly wage that must be paid to nonexempt employees. Such wages are set by local, state and federal law.


A request by a litigant to a judge for a decision on an issue relating to the case.

Motion in Limine

A pretrial motion requesting the court to prohibit the other side from presenting, or even referring to, evidence on matters said to be so highly prejudicial that no steps taken by the judge can prevent the jury from being unduly influenced.