Further to reports of time-consuming mandatory bag searches at Apple’s retail outlets in the US, two former employees have now launched a class action against the company. The case was filed on 25 July 2013 at the United States District Court Northern District of California. The nature of the complaint is grounded in the extra time employees are required to spend waiting for the bag searches and not receiving the correct renumeration for doing so. This practice breaches the Fair Labor Standards Act and state laws in New York and California, the plaintiffs claim.
The complaint states, “Apple has engaged and continues to engage in illegal and improper wage practices that have deprived Apple Hourly Employees throughout the United States of millions of dollars in wages and overtime compensation. These practices include requiring Apple Hourly Employees to wait in line and undergo two off-the-clock security bag searches and clearance checks when they leave for their meal breaks and after they have clocked out at the end of their shifts.”
The named plaintiff’s in the class action are Amanda Friekin from Los Angeles, California, who was employed by Apple between 2010 and April 2013, and Dean Pelle, a New York resident who worked in various Apple stores around the US from 2007 to March 2013.
The class action file states that the amount of time Friekin was forced to wait in line amounted to approximately “US$1500 in uncompensated ours worked and overtime” and an estimate of US$1400 was quoted in Pelle’s case.
The exact number of class members is unknown at this time, but it is believed to be several thousand. The lawsuit is seeking an unspecified amount of damages.
by Macworld Australia staff