A group of former retail and corporate Apple employees are suing the iPhone-maker for alleged violations of the California Labor Code, claiming Apple never granted timely meal or rest breaks, and failed to promptly send out final paychecks as well.
The case was just bumped up to class-action status yesterday, opening it up to a trial by jury as the case expands to include over 20,000 current and former Apple employees in the state who could be affected by the ruling.
Apple has been no stranger to class action lawsuits, with its most recent case for an employee wage-fixing scheme with Google, Adobe, and Intel settling out of court in May for a reported $324 million. A similar class action suit was filed last year by employees seeking compensation for lost wages during bag searches at Apple retail stores.
The case of Apple’s alleged labor violations was actually filed back in 2011 by four people, but after years of litigation, the California Superior Court granted the plaintiff’s motion to have it certified as a class action case.
According to the court documents, complaints range from one person not getting a break while working a five-hour stint, while another complains of getting a final paycheck several weeks later than promised. The case originally only included 18,000 estimated employees, but has been expanded to an estimated 20,000 thanks to employee turnover.
A full copy of the court filings can be read below: