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posted by Fnord666 on Friday February 14 2020, @06:32PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-needs-bags? dept.

Apple must pay store employees for bag-search time, court rules

Apple must pay its retail store employees for the time they spend waiting for mandatory bag searches at the end of their shifts, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The decision is retroactive, but it wasn't immediately clear how much Apple would have to pay.

The decision stems from a class-action lawsuit filed in 2013 by two former workers from Apple stores in New York and Los Angeles that claimed employees at physical locations were required to stand in lines up to 30 minutes long every day for store managers to check their bags to ensure they weren't smuggling home stolen goods. Failure to comply can lead to the employee's termination.

"Under the circumstances of this case and the realities of ordinary, 21st century life, we find farfetched and untenable Apple's claim that its bag-search policy can be justified as providing a benefit to its employees," Supreme Court Judge Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the decision (PDF).

[...] "Given that Apple requires its employees to wear Apple-branded apparel while working but directs them to remove or cover up such attire while outside the Apple store, it is reasonable to assume that some employees will carry their work uniform or a change of clothes in a bag in order to comply with Apple's compulsory dress code policy," she wrote.

[...] "Apple may tailor its bag-search policy as narrowly or broadly as it desires and may minimize the time required for exit searches," Cantil-Sakauye wrote. "But it must compensate those employees to whom the policy applies for the time spent waiting for and undergoing these searches."

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Ethanol-fueled on Friday February 14 2020, @08:52PM (4 children)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Friday February 14 2020, @08:52PM (#958304) Homepage

    " employees can't wear their workwear outside the workplace and therefore bringing something to put their Apple shirts in was actually of convenience to the company. "

    Are you telling me that they can't walk out in their uniform after their shift into their car or to the bus on the way home? Man, that's doubleplus seriously fucked. If I had to work for them I'd take my uniform off then go to the nearest McDonalds and change back into it and walk around for a while, perhaps do some shopping in it. God I fucking hate Silicon Valley and what its deranged dildo-sitters are doing to American culture.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by sjames on Friday February 14 2020, @09:54PM (3 children)

    by sjames (2882) on Friday February 14 2020, @09:54PM (#958321) Journal

    If they wear their uniforms in an unsupervised situation they might hold wear them wrong.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us on Saturday February 15 2020, @12:20AM (2 children)

      by All Your Lawn Are Belong To Us (6553) on Saturday February 15 2020, @12:20AM (#958354) Journal

      Probably more like the company does not want to see an Instagram of an apple-logo shirt employing messing around with their Samsung Galaxy or Windows/Linux laptops.

      This sig for rent.
      • (Score: 2) by sjames on Saturday February 15 2020, @12:58AM (1 child)

        by sjames (2882) on Saturday February 15 2020, @12:58AM (#958366) Journal

        Yes, joking aside, that, getting drunk in a bar, etc.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @01:47AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 15 2020, @01:47AM (#958382)

          Committing crimethink on youtube wearing an Apple shirt...