Apple Store employees file lawsuit over security searches

Two former Apple Store employees have filed a lawsuit against Apple over claims that they were not paid whilst undergoing security searches at work.

Apple store employees must submit to a personal package and bag search when clocking out for a break and at the end of every shift. The searches can take up to 15 minutes.

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One of the employees involved claims to have worked between 50 -90 minutes of unpaid overtime each shift. That could be worth $1,400 in uncompensated hours. The lawsuit is looking to end this practice, whilst seeking compensation for all employees who may also have been forced to work uncompensated overtime.

The lawsuit covers:  “[a]ll Apple Hourly Employees who worked in an Apple, Inc. retail store in the United States, who are or were employed within the three years preceding the filing of this action by the Defendant, and who were: (a) not compensated for off-the-clock time spent waiting in security screening lines and undergoing personal package and bag searches before being allowed to leave the premises; and/or (b) were not fully compensated for this time worked over forty hours per week at overtime rates.”

Because this is a class action lawsuit, it covers all Apple store employees. It will be really interesting to see whether the lawsuit does indeed fall upon a legitimate claim, because Apple may well have to pay out a fairly substantial sum of money in order to compensate for unpaid hours.

Are any of you Apple Store employees with experience of this? Leave a comment below, or contact me on Twitter @TiP_Stephen


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  • DrewPage

    My guess is, the corporate headquarters of Apple has no idea this practice is going on.  Its probably something the local stores are doing to practice CYA.  I bet it gets settled out of court and the policy will change.

  • Mariotrip420

    I was employed at the apple retail store from 2011-2012 and yes did wait for bag checks, not sure about the overtime but I am interested in joining the suit. Where do I sign up?