Apple will pay out $30.5 million to employees involved in a class action lawsuit that argued retail workers deserved compensation for time spent going through mandatory bag and equipment checks during and after their shifts. The settlement was approved by a federal judge in California on Saturday.
Two former retail employees, saying Apple’s mandatory bag check policy required them to stand in line for up to 30 minutes a day waiting, uncompensated, for their bags to be checked for stolen goods. The employees alleged the bag check policy amounted to about $1,500 in unpaid wages per year.
The California Supreme Courtthat Apple must compensate retail employees for time spent going through the searches because the searches were mandatory.