‘Veep’ Sued by LAPD Officer Over 30-Minute Meal Break

An off-duty LAPD officer is suing the makers of HBO’s “Veep,” claiming he was not paid for a 30-minute meal break.

The officer, identified in the suit only as “D. Wilson,” worked security for the show on a single day in December 2015. According to the lawsuit, Wilson was paid a base wage of $53.22 an hour, plus a $75 car allowance. He also received time-and-a-half for working more than eight hours, and double time for working past 12 hours. Wilson complains that he was not paid for a 30 minute meal break, “despite the fact that no such meal break was taken.”

Wilson also contends that he did not receive payment until more than a month later, which he alleges is a violation of California Labor Code.

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Alan Hale, seeks unspecified attorneys’ fees and costs as well as civil penalties for the labor code violations. The suit names Second in Command Productions, the legal entity that produced the show, as the defendant. Hale did not return messages seeking comment.

HBO declined to comment.

Veep” was produced in Maryland for its initial four seasons, but was lured to California with a $6.6 million tax credit last year. It was among the first batch of shows to come to California after the state expanded its tax incentive program from $100 million to $330 million per year. It was renewed for a second round of California tax credits in June.

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