Warehouse Workers for Amazon Allegedly Forced into Unpaid Security Checks

by Norman B. Blumenthal on October 7, 2013

Thousands of Amazon employees working in California fulfillment centers could be eligible to file a claim for unpaid wages. The Federal Appeals Panel of the Ninth Circuit made a decision to keep time waiting in security lines off the clock. Although a similar claim was tossed in Nevada in 2011, the California employment attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik believe the decision will be different this time.

Amazon Security Checks mean Unpaid WagesRecently, similar claims have been filed against Amazon in Washington State, Kentucky and Tennessee for failing to properly compensate warehouse workers. Allegedly, Amazon security policies illicitly prevent the Internet giant from properly paying employees for waiting in long, mandatory security lines, similar to the California case. Although outcomes have yet to occur for these claims, it is clear that Amazon employees across the county are refusing to continuously miss out on these unpaid wages, which can potentially add up to over 2 hours of unpaid time if allegations prove to be true.

According to the attorneys, California warehouse workers must undergo mandatory security checks before the end of their shifts, but after clocking out. The checks are done in order to prevent employees from stealing, but allegedly keep employees up to 25 minutes past the end of their shifts. The searches are supposedly similar to post-9/11 airport screenings, which means they could have been consistently time consuming and intense. Employees claim they are required to pass through metal detectors in order to prevent the theft of video games, clothing, jewelry and small electronics, which has occurred in the past.

The attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik have been involved in multiple claims involving unpaid wages for illegal off-the-clock bag checks. Some include Walgreens, Forever 21 and Dress for Less. If you are or were recently an Amazon fulfillment center employee in California, call us for more details and find out how you can get the lost wages you deserve.

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