The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in Rodriguez v Taco Bell Corp. that requiring employees to eat employer-discounted meals in the restaurant violates neither the US Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or California Employment Law. Taco Bell offers its employees discounted meals for their required 30-minute meal breaks with the proviso that the meal must be eaten in the restaurant. Former employee Bernardina Rodriguez availed herself of the discounted meal, but alleged that requiring her to eat it in the premises violated California Wage Order 5-2001, in that the “on-premises discount policy subjected employees to sufficient employer control to render the time employees spent consuming the meals as working time.” The District Court disagreed and granted Taco Bell summary judgement, finding the 30-minute meal break to be fully compliant with California law. On appeal, the Ninth Circuit upheld the lower court, found purchase of the discounted meal entirely voluntary and stated “If an employee prefers to leave the premises and eat elsewhere, he or she may purchase a meal at full price, bring food from home, dine at a different establishment or choose any other option for the meal break.”