Apple to Face Class Action Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Searches

Apple to Face Class Action Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Searches

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A judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit over Apple's practice of searching employee bags outside of working hours, reports Reuters. The lawsuit alleges that Apple should have compensated employees for the time taken to check their bags for stolen merchandise.

The judge who granted the lawsuit class action status was U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco. The case now includes over 12,000 current and former employees.

Notably, employees had complained directly to CEO Tim Cook over the policy which was described as embarrassing and demeaning.

Plaintiffs Amanda Frlekin and Dean Pelle alleged that "screenings" or bag searches, designed to discourage theft, are conducted every time sales reps leave the store, including for meal breaks. Lawsuits from within Apple's ranks are rare. One worker, whose name was blacked out of a court filing, told Cook in a 2012 message that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals."

Upon receiving the complaint, Cook forwarded to HR executives asking, "Is this true?"

Apple argued that the case wasn't suitable for class action status because not all store managers conduced the searches and because they didn't take long. However, employees said that the wait at the end of a shift to have their bag searched could take 10 to 15 minutes. Alsup said those issues could be litigated at trial.

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Apple to Face Class Action Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Searches

King Rollo - July 19, 2015 at 8:57pm
If you devalue your job to clock watch this much you really need to get another job...
snrlvr - July 18, 2015 at 7:59am
If you want to search my bags every time I leave the store,that is perfectly fine, asking as you do it on your time not mine..
Mrstudz - July 17, 2015 at 4:54pm
From a business perspective, if u are apple and theft is costing you so much on profits... paying one hour for bag searches is saving you money. Pay up u greedy anoles.... One iPhone 128gb - 1000 bucks. 10 employees 10 bucks and hour...100. It's Simple math....wasn't it just Tim stating they don't want to monetize customers...yet just the other day they file a patent to provide ads based on your bank balance.,.. This is just another example of apple hipcracy. The hardware stays the same or gets slower and we all keep eating it up while they screw over minimum wage employees, employ a Chinese slave workforce, steal competitors ideas and patent and sue the competition out of existence. Oh and leak our photos all over the internet. I
woz - July 17, 2015 at 5:10pm
I call Bullshit on that.
lincolnstudios - July 16, 2015 at 11:05pm
In Japan they get paid to work from 10am - 7pm but almost all Japanese Employees work until midnight without any extra pay, other than a hefty bonus every year. But the difference is, they actually work at a snails pace and take smoke breaks every 10 minutes, so their actual worth is only until 7pm anyway. I've been living and working in Japan for over 15 years and this is how it's always been and I don't foresee it changing anytime soon. Nothing changes very often here...
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