Apple Facing Class Action Lawsuit From 20,000 Employees Over Alleged Labor Code Violations

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in California over a number of alleged Labor Code violations, with the company being accused of not providing timely meal breaks, timely rest breaks, and timely final paychecks, reports TechCrunch.
    Originally filed in December of 2011 by four former Apple retail and corporate employees in San Diego, the lawsuit was certified as class action yesterday and could affect up to 20,000 current and former Apple employees in the state of California.

    According to the filing, which demands a jury trial, employee complaints cover a wide range of possible labor code violations. One complaint, for example, cites employees having to work for five hours straight without a meal break, while another complaint suggests that Apple took several weeks to send out a final check to multiple employees.

    The lawsuit asks for compensatory damages and restitution of all monies due to affected employees from unlawful business practices, along with interest, but it does not specify a damages amount.

    Along with this new class action lawsuit, Apple is embroiled in a class action lawsuit with Apple retail employees who allege that Apple's bag checking policies have resulted in lost wages, a suit that also accuses Apple of violating state labor laws.

    Article Link: Apple Facing Class Action Lawsuit From 20,000 Employees Over Alleged Labor Code Violations
  2. macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2014
    Just about every major retail company goes through this. It looks like it's Apple's turn.
  3. macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    The most populated city in the planet
    In this particular case, all I can say is that I am not surprised.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2013
    You would think a company with 170 billion dollars in the bank and makes a butt load of money every quarter would pay and treat there employees very generous$$$
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    what are they going to get? a couple hundred bucks after taxes? doesn't seem like its worth the head ache.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    but how come at every genius bar, the Apple genius guy is always super duper happy to fix my I-could-have-just-Googled-the-solution problem?
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2014
    Five whole hours without a break? Poor babies. Those of us who routinely go 8+ without one really feel for them....
  9. Guest

    Nov 18, 2012
    They do.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2006
    Maybe because they realize that not everyone is tech savvy, desire to help their customers, or (gasp!) enjoy their job?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2009
    But how else can a handful of slime-ball lawyers walk away with $200 million for a year of work?

    US mass tort law is a bad joke.
  12. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    5 hours without a meal break :eek: that would be 7am-noon?! :rolleyes:
  13. macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2010
    Wonder how much the plaintiffs' attorneys will make.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2014
    These claims sound ridiculous. I don't sympathize with Apple employees at all. I have worked at Target for a couple of years and let me tell you I prefer to have not taken my meal break if they just leave me alone and not yell at me for making sure my department was properly zoned at the end of the night. 5 hrs and no break? Sorry Apple sweeties but just about every restaurant I've worked at has forced their servers, bus boys, and cooks to work without a break until the very end of their shift. That's life. You should be privileged to be standing behind a desk and looked up to for advice by customers and only have to deal with one at a time. Try working for Target where during the holidays you have to pick up the phone, try to cash out customers, and not have their kids opening boxes or steal. Ugh, Apple employees and their first world probs.
  15. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    And yet they have apparently violated some parts of the Labor Code.


    The employees didn't come up with the Labor Code...
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
  17. macrumors 68000

    Sep 15, 2012
    Ungrateful. Apple at least gave them a job, in this economy.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2012
    Wow, no meal for 5 hours?? What's the world coming to??

    Such an overly litigious society made up of ungrateful cry babies.
  19. macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2002
    Seriously as a doctor, 5 hours is playtime. I do get pretty cranky after 18 though...
  20. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2007

    Every company, big or small, goes through things like this. In this case, the things that apple allegedly did wrong seem a bit trivial.
  21. Guest

    Nov 18, 2012
    Meh... I don't see anything an ice cream cone can't fix. Boo hoo, little spoiled kids and their labor laws.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2012
    WOW ... the Apple "can do no wrong" fanboys are now into dissing the retail employees - doesn't get much lower than that.
  23. macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2011
    1) 5 hours without a meal break? Ooooooooh nooooooooo

    2) 2011? Wasn't this during Browett's term, when all the cut backs were going on?
  24. macrumors G4

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Lost wages? You mean like how my Apple store manager sister have caught and fired employees stealing stuff in their bags?
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2014
    exactly my point regarding this MacRumors article.

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