Apple Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Checks

Apple Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Checks

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Apple has won the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against it by employees in California. The employees were seeking back pay for time spent waiting for bag checks before leaving work.

The ruling by a San Francisco federal judge Saturday releases the company from having to compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts. A law professor who reviewed filings in the case estimated Apple could have been be on the hook for as much as $60 million, plus penalties.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed the case saying that workers could have avoided the bag checks by not bring bags with them.

“It is undisputed that some employees did not bring bags to work and thereby did not have to be searched when they left the store,” he said.

While the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that workers don't have the right to be paid for time spent in post-shift security searches, there was still an opening for employees to pursue their case under California law.

“Plaintiffs are disappointed in the court’s ruling and are exploring their options, including an appeal,” said Lee Shalov, a lawyer for the workers.

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Apple Wins Dismissal of Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Checks
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Jon117 - November 10, 2015 at 5:05pm
Bestbuy check employee bags if they leave the store and that didn't make headlines but since it's Apple well… theses people just wanted an easy pay out after all that's the way America works now a days. If you don't want to work anymore just sue.
Justabrake - November 8, 2015 at 11:48pm
Apple employees need to get a union
Steven jobs - November 8, 2015 at 11:18pm
Right now apple has billions in profit so pay the 60 millions to your slaves, also pay your taxes to the usa, burglars
Fred J. Moranis - November 8, 2015 at 7:56pm
Corporate USA needs to STOP treating it's employees like they are criminals. You did conduct criminal background checks before you hired them, right?? So bugger OFF! get out of my bags and get out of my LIFE when I'm not on the clock.
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