Apple has finally agreed to resolve a class-action case against the company by making the payment to retail workers nearly $30 million over time they weren’t paid for while ongoing security bag checks.
According to Courthouse News:
“Apple offered to pay $29.9 million to employees who claimed they were subjected to routine searches of their bags off the clock in a settlement proposal filed in federal court Friday.”
In the proposed statement, Lee Shalov, plaintiff for the attorney, wrote “This is a significant, non-reversionary settlement reached after nearly eight years of hard-fought litigation.”
Apple Claims That Employees Should Not Bring Their Iphones to Get Away With Checks
In 2013, a lawsuit had been filed against Apple by employees, over arguments that there should be payment of an additional amount to workers for the time spent by them while waiting to have their bags checked on lunch breaks or at the completing the shifts.
Apple was accused of having broken California laws, with the company stating that checks were essential to make sure there is no stealing of products from stores by employees. It had also stated that staff who disliked the procedure must stop bringing a bag to work, or that they should stop bringing their iPhones at work.
Earlier in retail settings, Apple would issue cards to the workers for verification of the serial number of any Apple products they have possession of, this would be signed off by a store manager and then authenticated at the end of every single day, checked against the device itself to make sure they are matching.
Chief Justice of California’s Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-sakauye Slammed Apple
The resolution would be the largest in a security search case in California and would result in ending a fairly turbulent lawsuit. The class depicts 12,000 current and former Apple employees.
Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California’s Supreme Court slammed Apple over arguments that employees should stop bringing their iPhones at the workplace while stating it as an “integrated and integral” part of the lives of every person.
According to the report:
“Apple makes its employees comply with the bag search policy or face termination. Apple argued throughout the case that the policy is intermittent, only applies to a select group of employees, and lasts only seconds.
The chief justice also found Apple wielded control over its workers by forcing them to find a manager or security guard before they could leave the store for lunch breaks or shift endings.
Workers also had to unzip or open compartments in their bags, follow the commands of bag searchers to move things around in their bags, and allow their Apple devices to be removed, inspected, and verified during searches.”
According to the opinion of the judge, the verdict should be retrospective, which means employees are entitled to get payments for earlier lost time. If the resolution gets approval, the represented employees could get an amount of $1,200 each.
The ruling should be retroactive according to the judge’s opinion, meaning employees can receive pay for previously lost time. If the settlement is approved the represented employees could receive $1,200 each.
Apple’s Bag Checking Policy Is at the Option of Individual Store
Since we have earlier stated that Apple store staff have confirmed to iMore that Apple’s policies of bag checking are not a company-wide policy, and are generally left to the preference of individual stores.