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Apple faces $5M in unpaid overtime wages in class action lawsuit

Readers in Florida may be familiar with a case from 2013 against Apple by some of its workers that was dismissed. A U.S. District Court judge has since brought back the class action lawsuit against the tech mogul, which encompasses 12,400 current and former employees. The two main plaintiffs allege that the company owes the workers for unpaid overtime for which they were not compensated for daily bag searches.

Apple maintains that the daily bag searches that were completed when the employees left the premises were to prevent employee theft. The company also says that the checks only took a few seconds each day to perform. The plaintiffs, however, contend that the searches sometimes took 15-20 minutes to complete.

The other problem that the plaintiffs have with the searches is that they occasionally happened after hours. According to company policy, employees were not paid for any time that they worked after hours. When the bag checks were performed, they allegedly occurred after the employee was done for the day. The workers contend that they were never compensated for any of this time. The plaintiffs also found these searches to be demeaning.

The class action lawsuit is seeking $5 million dollars for the unpaid overtime from the bag searches. This case is headed to trial very soon. Florida workers deserve to be compensated for all of the work that they do. Those who find discrepancies on their pay checks and do not receive agreeable solutions may turn to the court system to pursue the money that they believe to be owed.

Source: bidnessetc.com, "Apple Inc. Faces Revived Class-Action Lawsuit Over Employee Bag Checks", Martin Blanc, July 17, 2015

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