Workers to Apple Store: Pay Us What We Are Owed
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been hit with a class action lawsuit from an Apple Store employee who alleges that the iPhone maker owes many of its workers overtime wages for off-the-clock time spent undergoing security checks and waiting in long clock-in lines, reports Law 360. Taylor Kalin, who worked as a full-time nonexempt Apple specialist at stores in San Francisco and Spokane, filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and all nonexempt hourly workers.
According to the filed complaint via Patently Apple, “Plaintiff and other Hourly Employees were and are required to wait in line for security checks for at least 10-15 minutes each day before leaving for their meal breaks and at the end of their shift after they had already clocked out. This daily 10-15 minute uncompensated waiting time during security checks was done in order to undergo searches for possible contraband and/or pilferage of inventory.”
Besides being subjected to off-the-clock searches, the lawsuit also noted that employees often have to spend 15 minutes or more waiting in line each time they clock in. On launch days, this waiting period could last over 30 minutes.
The allegations made in this lawsuit are similar to the ones made in a lawsuit filed by two former Apple Store employees in San Francisco federal court earlier this year. However, the current lawsuit is a class action lawsuit that seeks compensation for lost wages for all eligible employees, as well as various civil penalties for labor violations.
Although Apple employs more than 42,000 people in its retail stores, it is unclear how many would qualify for compensation under this lawsuit. It is also unknown if Apple’s practice of searching employees off the clock is done in its overseas Apple Store locations.
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