Former Apple retail employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the technology giant for unpaid time during bag checks. Allegedly, employees are required to have their bags checked for stolen property before leaving the store at anytime. This bag check occurs anytime the employee leaves the store for breaks, lunch breaks, and at the beginning and end of each shift. All of this goes on off-the-clock, accounting for a lot of unpaid time over the years.
Apple has engaged and continues to engage in illegal and improper wage practices that have deprived Apple Hourly Employees throughout the United States of millions of dollars in wages and overtime compensation,” the complaint reads. “These practices include requiring Apple Hourly Employees to wait in line and undergo two off-the-clock security bag searches and clearance checks when they leave for their meal breaks and after they have clocked out at the end of their shifts.”
There doesn’t seem to be any indication of the amount they are seeking but the cost to Apple could be significant considering this practice is held across all retail stores worldwide.