The long-running lawsuit that Apple has faced due to the constant searches of the bags of its employees in California is almost over. Although his final approval hearing will not take place until July, the tech giant is detailed terms of the $ 29.9 million settlement it agreed and provided plaintiffs (and all others) with access to documents relating to the case on their own legal website. The list of documents includes everything from the original appeal to the settlement notice to the different types of class members. It also includes information on how to contact the settlement administrator.
A group of Apple employees sued the company in 2013 for failing to pay them the time needed to check their bags during shifts or when they go to work, which lasted between five and 20 minutes. They claimed that Apple was violating California law. Apple said bag checks are needed to ensure workers don’t leave with stolen goods or trade secrets and tried to argue in court that those who don’t like politics just can’t bring their bags or iPhones to work. The company stopped searching employee bags in 2015.
While the district court initially dismissed the lawsuit, it went on appeal to the California Supreme Court, where the judge biased with plaintiffs. As before discovered in the lawsuit, the lawsuit covers 14,683 workers at 52 Apple Stores in California who were subjected to bag checks from July 25, 2009 to August 10, 2015. Each will receive $ 1,286 of the settlement amount.
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