U.S. District Judge Dismisses Lawsuit by Apple Retail Employees Over After Hour Bag Searches


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Today, U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed a lawsuit against Apple that had been raised by several retail employees over Apple’s policy of conducting required security searches of personal bags without compensation after workers had clocked out for a meal break or at the end of their shifts.

The class action lawsuit covered thousands of retail employees at Apple’s California retail stores. In his ruling, Alsup noted that employees could have avoided the searches by not bringing personal bags to work.

The lawsuit had been restricted to California as the U.S. Supreme Court had previously ruled workers are not entitled to compensation for time spent in bag searches that happened during unpaid time under federal law.

An attorney for the plaintiffs in the case reports they are weighing their potential next steps, which could include an appeal of Alsup’s ruling.

[via Reuters]


  • I would have dismissed it too.
    When dealing with high priced items, bag searches are not uncommon, it’s part of the job. My mom works at a craft store, and the most she couple possibly fit in her purse would be $30 worth of beads, they get bag searched as well.

    Normally that clause is within the application fine print or something, agreeing to take the job, you kinda agree to the terms as well.

  • artikas

    All you need on your meal break is your wallet and cell phone. If you decide to take your bag at a busy apple store location and have to wait for a manager to search ur bag than you have to take responsibility for it and wait.

  • Totally and at Apple Stores you can easily fit a MacBook into your big shoulder bag, or multiple iPhones

  • LT

    You just agreed with the plaintiffs, “it’s part of the job”. They are complaining that this is a part of their job and aren’t getting paid for it. How would you like it if your mom was forced to stay after work for 30+ minutes and not get paid? You are also wrong about the terms. A corporation can’t make employment contracts that contravene employment laws. That is also part of the lawsuit.

  • Part of the job, if they don’t like it

    A: don’t bring a bag

    B: don’t work there

    Everyone has parts of jobs they don’t like, have to deal with it and just be thankful they have a job, many other will be willing to fill their shoes.

  • LT

    Look at the lawsuit. Having your bag searched is part of the job. Being forced to wait 30+ minutes is not. It’s got nothing to do with liking or disliking. It’s got to do with workers rights. This is the exact reason we have labor laws. I guarantee you that the person doing the searching is being paid.

    Your attitude is typical of people who don’t give a crap about low wage workers. Treat them like slaves, there are many other slaves to fill their shoes. As long as you can get your shiny new toys, who cares. Let’s hope your mom’s employers treat her better.

  • We just have a difference of opinion, we’re not going to see eye to eye.

    It’s all good though. I still love you. Cya around the blog 😉

    Xoxoxo. Lol