Two former Apple employees filed a class action lawsuit against Apple last Thursday. They claim that Apple engaged “in illegal and improper wage practices that have deprived Apple Hourly Employees throughout the United States of millions of dollars in wages and overtime compensation.”
The two former employees who filed this class action lawsuit are Amanda Frlekin, who worked as a Specialist at an Apple retail store in Los Angeles, and Dean Pelle, who was employed as a Specialist at an Apple store in New York.
Hourly employees are required to wait in line for two off-the-clock security bag searches for at least 10-15 minutes each day. The package and bag search policy is designed to prevent and deter employee theft.
According to the complaint, “If an Apple Hourly Employee refuses to submit to this security screening or deviated from the corporate policy in any way, it ‘could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination.'”
Apple’s “personal package and bag search” is carried out after each hourly employee has already clocked out before he/she leaves for meal breaks and again at the end of his/her shift.
The employees claim that Apple’s off-the-clock “personal package and bag search” policy is a violation of the Wages and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The employees claim that they should have been compensated for the “off-the-clock time spent waiting in security screening lines and undergoing personal package and bag searches before being allowed to leave the premises.”