Apple Workers File Lawsuit For Losing Wages During Bag Searches

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Former Apple Store employees from New York and Los Angeles filed a complaint in San Francisco federal court that claims Apple workers are being shorted around $1,500 a year in unpaid wages while they wait off the clock to have their bags searched.

The class-action suit claims that Apple’s “personal package and bag search” policy can cause staff members to stand around for 5 to 15 minutes every time they clock out to leave on a lunch break or at the end of a shift:

“Employees … are required to wait in line and be searched for … merchandise taken without permission and/or other contraband…. A large number of Specialists and Managers leave for lunch at the same time and/or end their shift at the same time. This creates lengthy lines and backups.”

The lawsuit was filed by Amanda Frlekin, former employee at the Century City Apple Store in Los Angeles, and Dean Pelle, who worked at the SoHo Store in New York. Both worked as Specialists at Apple until this spring and think the company is violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages on behalf of thousands of Apple Store workers across the country. Apple has yet to release an official statement on the complaint, which can be read in full here.

  • mister_rabbit

    Good for them! I never thought much about the lost wages but was often mad that I would have to track down a free manager, usually at least a 5 minute ordeal, whenever I was trying to head out for a 15 minute break or hour lunch. Eventually I, along with many others at our store, started counting the “tech check” as the starting point for the break. When coming back from lunch and seemingly clocking in however many minutes late we would just enter “couldn’t leave for X minutes thanks to tech check” in the notes field.

    It sounds petty but when you’re in such a noisy and often times stressful environment the last thing you want to wait on in a manager to glance at your tech card, often times not reading it, and saying you’re good to go.

  • ScottCLandis

    Hopefully this causes other companies to revise their bag check policies. Other retail outlets I have worked at have done the same thing, and it has cost precious minutes from breaks, or held up employees leaving at the end of the day, without any compensation.

  • Adrayven

    Hopefully this causes other companies to revise their bag check policies. Other retail outlets I have worked at have done the same thing, and it has cost precious minutes from breaks, or held up employees leaving at the end of the day, without any compensation.

    Please… pfff. First, Most Apple retail stores don’t do searches.. second, in high-crime/traffic metro areas, even CUSTOMERS go through it. Who’s paying them? It’s the price of admission … especially in the stores they are at.. Move to a rural area then if you don’t like it.

  • Scott Townsend

    Jason Kidd is freaking out in that photo thinking, “Crap! Now everyone knows I’m gay for Apple Store dudes!”

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