Skip to comments.Apple store workers should be paid for time waiting to be searched, court rules
Posted on 02/14/2020 5:21:48 AM PST by southern rock
California law requires Apple Inc. to pay its workers for being searched before they leave retail stores, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday.
A group of Apple workers filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant, charging they were required to submit to searches before leaving the stores but were not compensated for the time those searches required. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case is now pending, asked the California Supreme Court to clarify whether state law requires compensation.
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Agreed. I’m rather astounded that something this sensible would come out of a California court.
Amazon treats its people like inmates, or so I’ve read.
Why work someplace where you have to be searched?
There is a great book called On the Clock by Emily Guendelsberger that details Amazon warehouse working conditions.
For awhile I worked for a company that did on site repair and maintenance on equipment. They assigned work the day before and often techs would be given jobs 100 to 150 miles from the office and the policy was you started your day at the first job. So a tech would drive and hour plus off the clock.
One of the employees took them to the Labor Board and won. They had to pay back wages and the new policy was you started and ended your day at the office.
I can think of several places: retail diamond store, valuable coin collector, etc.
Retail is brutal sometimes.
Employment is serfdom sometimes.
I can understand Apple not wanting to lose product to theft but... This seems more than a little extreme. It shows a tremendous lack of respect and trust in the employees. If you treat people like children, they tend to act like children and see what they can get away with.
Our kids worked for a local fast food place before they were old enough to drive. One night while waiting in the car, I watched as they carried out several huge trash bags then get in the car. I asked about whether they remembered to clock out as they never went back in. They said it was the rules-you clocked out then brought the trash to the dumpster on your way out. This took about 5 minutes each night-having to carry bags huge bags over to the dumpster and get them up and over.
Even though it wasnt the biggest thing, it grated on me because I knew the owner and his reputation is far from generous. There are local tradesmen who refuse to work for him because he doesnt want to pay the full amount once work is done. I didnt want to cause a problem so I never encouraged them to challenge that, but I assumed that an employee cant be required to do work after clocking out.
Is that the new iPhone in your pants or are you just glad to see me?
It comes down to whether Apple will lose more money by writing off the occasional theft or paying employees for search time.
I used to work for a factory that made Mag Wheels. You can bet your @$$ more than a few got caught throwing those over the fence.
My conservative friends you’ve nailed it! There’s an element of evil in too many businessmen. Macy’s in S.F. had people deliver merchandise on their way home-off the clock. If they can get away with it they will. When they get called on it they’ll just stop and find some other way. The need to keep one’s job keeps ones mouth shut. It’s mans inhumanity to man.
It shows a tremendous lack of respect and trust in the employees.
Perhaps but I would do some research into the amount of employee pilferage that goes on. The numbers are staggering and in fact add into the cost we all pay for whatever goods are being stolen. I would separate the issue of searches and pay for the time. Yes, they should be paid for the time as it is a job requirement.
In my early career I worked at a small bank. The policy was “working time” began when you were at your desk ready to go, not when you arrived through the door and headed to the rest room or whatever. Everyone was greeted by the president at the door. I viewed the time requirement as extreme, but I also noted the doors opened exactly on the hour at which time one was to be present to assist. There were no time cards, we were on salary, 37.5 hours per week. Job paid fairly, provided benefits, and the bonuses were nice too. It was before the time were as an employer you in effect adopted employees.
Republicans don’t address issues like this to our detriment. Lefties benefit by becoming knee jerk drama queens. They’re smarter and we’re stupid. Look at the ‘shift supervisors’ in management who put in 40+hrs/wk. Those are our people and Obama got them overtime pay while we look stupid. They can always quit but can they?
Maybe Amazon can start having Amazon Company Stores, Amazon Living Quarters and Amazon Dollars too.
Isn't this article about Apple?
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