Apple retail employees who were not paid for time spent in security checks and bag searches.
These workers may be able to recover compensation for unpaid overtime and back wages.
Allegations have surfaced that Apple Inc. is violating federal and state labor laws when it fails to pay its retail workers for time spent in security checks. It has been alleged that these off-the-clock security checks and bag searches could translate to hundreds in lost wages annually per each employee.
If you are a current or former Apple retail employee and you were not compensated for time spent having your bags searched, you may be owed back wages.
Off-The-Clock Bag Search Class Action Lawsuit Filed
In July 2013, Apple Inc. was hit with a putative class action lawsuit in California alleging that employees are owed millions of dollars for time spent waiting in line to have supervisors check their belongings before meal breaks and upon clocking out. According to the suits, the unpaid, off-the-clock security checks violate federal and state labor laws.
The Los Angeles plaintiff claims that as an hourly Apple retail employee, she had to wait approximately five to 10 minutes before taking her meal break and at least 10 minutes before leaving at the end of the day. The plaintiff, who worked at the company between 2010 and 2013, estimates that she worked 50 to 90 minutes a week of unpaid overtime and is owed $1500 in back wages for a year’s worth of this time. A fellow employee who worked at Apple stores between 2007 and 2013 claims that he is also owed at least $1400 per year in uncompensated overtime.
Off-the-clock security checks have recently come under fire across the country, with many employers facing class action suits alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various state laws. If you worked for Apple and were not paid for this time, you may be entitled to compensation in light of this class action suit.