According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in California over alleged Labor Code violations.
The company is being accused of not providing rest breaks, meal breaks, and not providing paychecks in a timely manner.
“The complaints, even among the four named on the documents at the moment, range fairly widely in terms of the accusations. One person cites a five-hour working stint without a break, for example, while another refers to a 72-hour notice period and getting a final paycheck two days after that ended (two days late).”
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2011 by four former Apple employees. Yesterday, the lawsuit became a class action and it could affect up to 20,000 current and former Apple employees in California.
Hogue & Belong lawyer Tyler Belong, who is representing the plaintiffs, said:
“The lawsuit was filed by Brandon Felczer and several other retail and corporate Apple employees (the “Plaintiffs”) beginning in December 2011. The Plaintiffs sought to represent themselves and all other similarly situated Apple employees in California who were not provided timely meal breaks, timely rest breaks, and timely final paychecks according to California’s Labor Code and Wage Orders. Just yesterday, after years of litigation, against Apple’s opposition, and after voluminous briefing and lengthy oral argument, the California Superior Court granted Plaintiffs’ motion and certified the case as a class action, appointing Plaintiffs and Plaintiffs’ counsel (Hogue & Belong) as the class representatives and class counsel on behalf of approximately 20,000 Apple employees. In other words, as of yesterday’s ruling, Apple now faces claims of meal period, rest period and final pay violations affecting approximately 20,000 current and former Apple employees.”
The filing contains multiple complaints which cover a wide range of possible Labor Code violations. The class action lawsuit asks for compensatory damages to be given to all affected employees (past or present). Lawyers have yet to make any financial demands in this case.