New York, NY — A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple Inc. ("Apple"), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, on behalf of hourly paid non-exempt Specialists, Lead Specialists, Expert Specialists, Managers, Senior Managers, Developmental Managers and Business Managers (collectively "Employees"). The Complaint alleges that Apple’s policies violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, California Labor Code, California Unfair Competition Law and New York Labor Law by forcing their Employees to undergo lengthy personal package and bag searches prior to leaving any Apple retail store, which result in Employees working without proper compensation.
Plaintiffs allege in the Complaint that Apple regularly requires their Employees to wait in line and/or submit to a security screening of their personal bags and property before they are permitted to leave any Apple retail store for their meal break or at the end of their shift. These security screening procedures are done to reduce pilferage in Apple retail stores and as such, are done for the primary benefit of Apple. Apple routinely refuses to pay Employees their straight and overtime wages for this excess time which they are owed under Federal and State law. By bringing this action, the attorneys listed below hope to end these practices and recover the wages and overtime pay that each Employee is due under the law.
If you work or have worked at an Apple retail store as a Specialist, Lead Specialist, Expert Specialist, Manager, Senior Manager, Developmental Manager or Business Manager, you may request to be included in the proposed class. Please contact Brett Gallaway, Esq. at McLaughlin & Stern LLP at 646-738-6353 or Matthew Cohen, Esq. at the Law Firm of Louis Ginsberg, PC at 877-4WAGESLAW (877-492-4375), for any questions you have about the action.