Apple may be owing millions in wages to employees; understand the case

Apple may be owing millions in wages to employees;  understand the case

In 2013, some Apple employees (more precisely from the company’s stores) filed a lawsuit against Apple on the grounds that they were basically “treated like thieves”.

Briefly, they claimed that they were required to submit to handbag magazines at the end of each work shift (inspection that lasted 10 to 15 minutes). Even having to stay inside the store to wait for everyone to be searched, this period ended up not counting as working hours and did not count in the remuneration account – these magazines were made even when employees left the store at lunch, in front of consumers, and served to discourage possible thefts.

At the time, the process was dropped; the employees then transformed it into a class action, and the same judge who had dismissed the process certified the class action as valid; not long after, it was discarded because, in the judge’s view, the inconvenience of inspections would be totally unnecessary if employees simply did not take such belongings into the work environment. In addition, Apple’s lawyers stated that the practice was not carried out by all store managers and that, even when it did, it was a «very brief» process.

The claimants appealed, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals then asked the California Supreme Court to resolve the cucumber. Yesterday, the Bloomberg Law informed that the decision was in favor of the workers. For the court, Apple violated state law when it did not pay for time spent on mandatory inspections at the end of shifts.

The court also criticized the argument made by Apple’s lawyers that employees could simply leave their personal belongings – including their iPhones – at home.

His characterization of the iPhone as unnecessary for his own employees is directly at odds with his description of the iPhone as an «integrated and integral» part of everyone else’s life.

If confirmed, the decision will be retroactive. In other words, Apple may be owing a good amount of money (some millions) in salaries to its employees.

The case will now return to the Ninth Circuit and the federal judges responsible for the case, who will decide how to interpret the state law violated by Apple. She will most likely still be able to appeal, too.

via 9to5Mac