Apple won’t have to compensate retail employees for waiting in line


San Francisco Apple Store Line
Apple Stores are known for their long queues. But it's usually the customers who are waiting.
Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Apple won’t have to stump up the cash for back-paying thousands of current and former employees at Apple Stores across California, according to the ruling of a federal judge.

The lawsuit was brought against Apple in 2013 by two former retail employees — claiming that Apple’s policy of mandatory bag searches after work had cost them dozens of hours of unpaid wages, totalling around $1,500 per year.

The complaint became a class action suit in July this year, meaning that Apple could potentially have had to compensate 12,000+ current and former employees at its Californian retail stores.

The reason the judge let Apple off the hook? Because there was nothing stopping employees from not bringing a bag to work.

“Apple took a milder approach to theft prevention and offered its employees the option to bring bags and personal Apple devices into a store subject to the condition that such items must be searched when they leave the store,” said U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco.

The decision follows a similar ruling last December, decreeing that Amazon didn’t have to pay employees for time spent waiting in security check lines.