Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Apple for Mandatory Bag Checks

by Norman B. Blumenthal on September 18, 2013

A class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on July 25, 2013, which claims the tech giant required employees to have their bags checked before leaving the store at any time. Although the checks are understandable due to the demand and price of coveted Apple products, the company failed to pay employees for the lost time.

Attorneys claim employees lost as much as $1500 per year in wages due to the unpaid time, which is quite significant to these hard working retail employees. Apple made an official company policy stating that employees must wait in line for 2 checks per day – one before lunch and the other at the end of the day.  Employees allege these waits could last up to 10 minutes each and were not included in compensation.

Apple hit with class action lawsuit for unpaid wagesThis is not the first time the California employment attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik have filed a suit against a large corporation for mandatory, off-the-clock bag checks. In fact, they have been involved with cases involving the following companies: Dress for Less, Ross, Walgreens and Forever 21 to name a few.

Furthermore, the United States Department of Labor  states, “the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that covered non-exempt employees receive at least the minimum wage and at least one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.” Meaning any additional mandatory time required to work (or stay at work in this case) would not only deserve compensation, but would also be considered overtime if the above conditions apply.

If you are a current California Apple employee, contact the California employment attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik to see if you qualify for lost wage compensation, and possibly overtime compensation.

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