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Wed Jul 31, 2013, 04:24 AM

Lawsuit Claims Bag Searches at Apple Stores Cost Workers $1,500 a Year In Unpaid Overtime

Apple employees are suing the company in a class action lawsuit that alleges they were subjected to so many frequent bag searches for security reasons that they lost up to $1,500 in unpaid overtime every year.

Amanda Freklin and Dean Pelle claim that the policy which requires Apple store workers to be searched when they leave the premises on lunch breaks or at the end of the day cost them 5 to 10 minutes of waiting every day. Over a year, that adds up to as much as $1,500 in unpaid Apple time, given that the employees earned $18.75 an hour.

The bag searches are conducted to prevent employees from walking out the door with Apples expensive merchandise. They are conducted "off-the-clock," the pair claim, and thus represent unpaid forced overtime work.

Freklin worked at the Century City store near Los Angeles; Pelle worked at the Lennox Mall store in Atlanta and in the West 14th St. store in New York, among others.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/lawsuit-claims-bag-searches-apple-165900391.html

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Sherman A1 Jul 2013 OP
leveymg Jul 2013 #1
ceonupe Jul 2013 #2
Teamster Jeff Jul 2013 #3
fasttense Jul 2013 #4
proud2BlibKansan Jul 2013 #5

Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 04:28 AM

1. They don't even do that at Tiffany's

What a shitty business practice.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 04:56 AM

2. I worked at apple retail in easily 2000s

 

And they did not do that as a standard practice. I only saw a search happen once and that was after cameras caught employee stealing something and then that employee alone was singled out and the police came and took them away.


I checked with a few people I know that currently work at a local apple store and they confirm they aren't searched. Must be something that is manager/location specific.

If this is a std practice at a location it should occur on the clock.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 05:50 AM

3. K&R

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:22 AM

4. A Retail store I use to work for did this.

 

They searched our bags every time we left the building. The lines were long and of course they searched you and made you wait only after you had clocked out.

I quit soon after they started so I don't know if they still do it.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 10:01 AM

5. A friend worked at a store where they did this so she would lock her purse in her trunk

Then one night they insisted on walking her to her car so they could search her purse.

She quit.

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