A group of former employees of Apple claim that the company did not provide them with timely breaks including breaks for meals as required by law. Some workers allege that they were denied scheduled breaks altogether. The California state courts have granted class action status to the group of ex-employees. Judge Ronald S. Prager of the Superior Court of California for the County of San Diego granted the large group comprised of retail employees and some workers from the company's corporate headquarters class certification. According to the plaintiff's lawyer, Apple's policies did not provide for the meal breaks or rest periods. Judge Prager did make note that the company had adopted new formal policies in mid-2012 in an attempt to comply with labor laws. However, the policy changes were implemented nine months after the suit had been filed. The case involves violations that allegedly occurred starting in December 2007 and continuing through August 2012.