Ex-workers sue Apple, seek overtime for daily bag searches

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yark wrote:

Seems simple enough for Apple to fix. Place an RFID reader at the front of the store and track when employees enter and leave based on their badge. Pay them for their time in the store that fits within or contiguous to their normal working hours.

Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie.

Jul 31, 2013 9:45am EDT  --  Report as abuse
garnold37 wrote:

If these searches were conducted off the clock then the case is pretty cut and dry. Compensable time. Any required duty should be compensated. There is a simple fix for this, Apple can auto add five minutes to each punch out. I have seen this done in other companies. I don’t think Apple had malice in mind here, just hadn’t consider it. My question is why does it take a lawsuit to get ANYTHING done?

Jul 31, 2013 11:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Vavoom wrote:

If these employees are exempt from overtime then this is a frivolous lawsuit.

Jul 31, 2013 11:42am EDT  --  Report as abuse
nixonfan wrote:

Apple can search your bags when you leave the building, but evidently the NSA doesn’t. Snowden walked out of the NSA with four laptops containing the “crown jewels”, which now belong to the KGB. Go NSA!

Jul 31, 2013 11:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Funguseater wrote:

Walmart, Marks Work Warehouse, Staples,Shoppers Drugmart, Purolator, I have worked at them all and ALL of them had this same policy. Some of them even insisted employees arrive 15 minutes BEFORE their shift for meetings/exercises (Walmart/purolator). Not to mention the searches after night shift. Guess its time to bring on the lawsuits.

Jul 31, 2013 2:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ElChinero wrote:

How insensitive! How time-consuming!

(Just like the guards do when we leave Gulfstream Aerospace … never occurred to me to sue ‘em … Cha-CHING!)

Jul 31, 2013 3:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SwainSR wrote:

Here’s the question that would put this headline in context: How many?

“Ex-workers sue Apple, seek overtime for daily bag searches”

Answer: TWO. Two workers. One from Florida and one from California. But the headline makes it look huge. Why would Reuters use such a nebulous technique for headlining a story?

Jul 31, 2013 8:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jimmy6p wrote:

A criminal background check before hiring I could understand, but if you don’t trust someone to the point that you’re frisking them everytime they leave the premises, you’re hiring the wrong people. This sounds like something Jobs would have come up with. Me? I wouldn’t work there!

Jul 31, 2013 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ReutersCheck wrote:

Why not also sue for the 5 minutes it takes you to put on your required blue polo shirt each morning? What a ridiculous concept. Here is an idea: don’t accept the job. Last I checked no one is forced to accept a job opportunity at Apple or anywhere else.

And by the way, don’t forget to deduct from the lawsuit the time you spent communicating with family and/or friends each day while on the clock.

Aug 01, 2013 1:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse

What does that say about a corporation’s attitude towards its employees if it searches the employees’ personal property when they enter and exit? I guess Apple didn’t expect any loyalty in return, judging by their actions…

Aug 01, 2013 5:37am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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