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  • Bag Searches at Apple Store Lead to Class Action Lawsuit


    Hang on to your handbags, this could be one wild legal ride.

    Reuters is reporting that Apple is once again faced with a class action lawsuit here in the U.S. The suit in question was engendered by the practice of bag searches at Apple Stores across the state of California, of which there are 52.

    The case was certified as a class-action suit by a federal judge today, according to the report. It all stems back to a 2013 lawsuit that aimed to compel Apple to pay up (i.e., compensate store employees) as a means to appropriately account for the time taken to search their bags. The reason for the searches? To check for stolen hardware.

    "At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cook that the technology company's policy of checking retail employees' bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning, according to court filings made public earlier in the case," Reuters explains.

    All told, the number of class members in this particular case is believed to be 12,000.

    Although Apple is expected to fight the allegations, by no means is a victory or a case dismissal in the bag (no pun intended).

    Source: Reuters
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bag Searches at Apple Store Lead to Class Action Lawsuit started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Waa! They checked employees bags at a tech store I used to work at too. It only took a few seconds. If you don't like it then stop bringing your bags to work!
    1. kalpesh78's Avatar
      kalpesh78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Waa! They checked employees bags at a tech store I used to work at too. It only took a few seconds. If you don't like it then stop bringing your bags to work!
      Apple is a cash-cow for those knowing what stuff can be filed as lawsuits.
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      We check bags where I work (retailer; not Apple). It seems to be a retail industry-standard, but we checked bags at an office/warehouse I worked at too. The guy who smuggled all those prerelease CDs for years had to deal with bag checks at a manufacturing plant. Looks like this standard runs across industries.
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      We check bags where I work (retailer; not Apple). It seems to be a retail industry-standard, but we checked bags at an office/warehouse I worked at too. The guy who smuggled all those prerelease CDs for years had to deal with bag checks at a manufacturing plant. Looks like this standard runs across industries.
      Hard fight on either side. If it were a secured facility I can understand that you need to be prepared to be clear to work on your own time. Even if that meant spending the 10 minutes getting cleared before you clock in. It is on you to adjust your schedule accordingly but once you are working. I should be paying you until the shift is over at which you are free to leave just as I am free of liability to continue paying you.

      Once the shift is completed the employer and employee contract has ended. If you have in place a policy that requires the employee to comply with prior to exiting the facility the execution of that policy should be done on company time prior to the end of the shift. I.e off the floor at 2200 stand in line get cleared and then debrief till 2230 at which case good night aloha.