In 2013, two Apple Store employees filed a lawsuit against Apple due to lost wages for mandatory bag checks they had to go through while working for the company.
Fast forward to the middle of 2015, and Judge William Alsup in San Francisco has certified that the newly-designated class-action lawsuit can move forward. According to the case, the lawsuit is due to not only lost wages, but also due to the demeaning and embarrassing nature of the bag searches.
A new report from Reuters states that the class-action lawsuit now encompasses 12,000 current and former Apple Store employees in California:
“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.
Lawsuits certified as class actions allow plaintiffs to sue as a group and generally give them more leverage to negotiate a settlement. Class members in the bag search case include more than 12,000 current and former employees, the ruling said.“
While Apple would not comment in the original report, the company has in the past stated that it does not believe the filing should move to a class-action lawsuit due to the fact not every store manager conducted bag searches. The company would also argue in the past that the time it takes for the bag check did not warrant any compensation for the workers.
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