Two former retail employees of Apple, Inc. have brought suit against the trendy-electronics giant in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The two employees seek to represent a national class of Apple retail employees who were subject to a mandatory “bag check” before lunch and at the close of each workday while “off the clock”.
Amanda Frlekin a resident of Los Angeles, and Dean Pelle, a resident of Brooklyn, New York allege that Apple had a common policy of requiring employees to undergo personal bag and package checks that could last anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes per check. The problem is that these checks occurred before the employees were allowed to leave for lunch, or the end of their shifts but after they had already clocked out. Although this may seem like an otherwise trivial issue, the resultant effect could mean that employees were shorted over an hour's worth of wage for each week they worked. Throwing penalties into the mix and quantifying these claims by a nation-wide class of individuals means Apple could face tens of millions of dollars in damages for unpaid wages.
Apple, Inc., however, is not the only offender. Many other retail companies expose themselves to this type of liability by forcing their employees to undergo bag checks after these employees have already punched out.