Apple Accused of Cheating Retail Workers out of Overtime Wages

By on July 30, 2013

A class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northen District of California against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) for failing to pay workers for time that they are subjected to the company’s bag search policy.  The complaint alleges that Apple conducts searches on its retail store employees prior to meals breaks and that the end of shifts.  While this practice is common with other electronic retailers including GameStop, Apple conducts its searches while employees are “off the clock.”  According to the complaint, this amounts to approximately $1,500 in pay over the course of a year. 

The suit could amount to approximately $45 million in damages since Apple employs 30,000 retail store workers.  Plaintiffs are seeking class action status, wages for time that they were subjected to bag checks and a change or termination of the unpaid practice. 

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