Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Former store employees file lawsuits over lost wages due to bag srches

Former employees at stores in both New York and Los Angeles have filed a class action suit against the Cupertino company, claiming the iPad-maker owes them lost wages. The filing alleges that forced them to stand in line for up to 30 minutes, without pay, every shift and wait for a manager to srch their bags.The lawsuit was filed byAmanda Frlekin, who was employed at ’s Century City loion in Los Angeles, and Dn Pelle, who worked at ’s us Soho store in New York. Both worked as specialists until this spring, and are now looking to sue on behalf of thousands of workers across the United States…GigaOMpoints to the filing:“Throughout Ms. Frlekin’s employment at , she was required to undergo personal package and bag srches before she was permitted to lve the store for her uncompensated ml brks and before she was permitted lve the store after she ad clocked out at the end of her shifts. These security checks were significant, integral, indispensable, not a de minimis task or request and done solely for ’s benefit to prevent employee pilferage.”The suit goes on to say that workers put in, approximately, 50 minutes to 1 and a half hours of overtime ch week. And with average employee compensation ranging between $12.10 and $15.60 per hour, conservative calculations put their unpaid wages somewhere around $1,400 over the course of a single yr of an employment.This isn’t the first time that ’s trtment of its retail employees has been called into question. Last yr, in aNew York Times profileof ’s retail business, several employees came forward complaining oflimited upward mobility and constant stress from the ever-incrsing foot traffic, in addition to feeling underpaid.It’s worth noting here that ranked 10last yr in Glassdoor’s list of ‘Top 50 places to work,’ and it’s well-known that the company pays its employees more, and provides them with better benefits,than most other major retail chains.The damages in this class action lawsuit are not yet known, and has not responded for comment.

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