After a recent Supreme Court ruling, a federal court judge dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits brought up against Apple by its retail employees who were arguing that the company’s anti-theft policies incurred lost wages. US District Court Judge William Alsop dismissed with prejudice the suit alleging loss prevention practices applied at Apple Stores deprived workers of “millions of dollars” in wages and overtime. His ruling also hinges on a unanimous Supreme Court decision regarding a similar situation which involved employee security checks and overtime pay.

According to The New York Times, the court found a temp agency not responsible for paying out Amazon warehouse workers subject to mandatory screening in the case of Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. vs. Busk. In this particular case, plaintiffs argued that they should be paid for time spent taking out wallets and other items as part of Amazon’s daily screening but the decision stated the process was “not integral and indispensable” to their jobs. When the same principles were applied to Apple’s suits, Judge Alsop consolidated and dismissed two actions after noting that the claims do not survive Busk.

A complaint lodged in June of last year claimed that Apple had deprived hourly retail workers of due pay by employing bag checks when they clocked out before lunch breaks and at the end of each shift. Plaintiffs ordered the example of one worker who supposedly had approximately 50 minutes to 90 minutes of uncompensated overtime which equated to roughly $1,400 over the course of one year. As of right now, plaintiffs have until January 6 to present a second consolidated complaint with Judge Alsop requesting counsel append the document to highlight differences between the new pleadings and those that were recently dismissed.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Source: The New York Times, Supreme Court via AppleInsider