updated 01:16 pm EDT, Wed March 26, 2014
Security practices allegedly costing some workers thousands of dollars
Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a class action suit filed against Apple are seeking to delay the case until a US Supreme Court ruling is handed down, says The Recorder. The suit, filed in the Northern District of California last year, accuses Apple of failing to pay wages for time workers spend waiting in bag-check lines. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a case called Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk, and deciding whether hourly workers must be compensated for work-related security screenings. Should the Supreme Court agree, the plaintiffs' attorneys in the Apple case suggest it will strongly influence their own progress.
The Busk case has been brought up before, and Apple has insisted that its own bag-check system doesn't resemble that of Integrity Staffing, which was funneling every worker through a common procedure. The company claims that over 37,000 current and former Apple Store workers could be affected if owes wages.
Several national-level business groups have submitted amici curiae briefs to the Supreme Court, claiming that it could harm businesses if they're forced to compensate people for time spent in security checks. For workers though, it could translate to hundreds or thousands of dollars per person. A named plaintiff in the Apple case, Amanda Frlekin, estimates that she could be owed up to $1,500 for her time with Apple up until 2013.