Apple Faces US Class-Action Lawsuit by Employees Over Bag Searches
At least two Apple retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cookthat the technology company’s policy of checking retail employees’ bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning, according to court filings made publicearlier in the case.
Lawsuits certified as class actions allow plaintiffs to sue as a group and generally give them more leverage to negotiate a settlement. Class members in the bag search case include more than 12,000 current and former employees, the ruling said.
An Apple representative declined to comment.
Plaintiffs Amanda Frlekin and Dean Pelle alleged that “screenings” or bag searches, designed to discourage theft, are conducted every time sales reps leave the store, including for meal breaks. Lawsuits from within Apple’s ranks are rare.
One worker, whose name was blacked out of a court filing, told Cook in a 2012 message that Apple managers “are required to treat ‘valued’ employees as criminals.”
Cook forwarded it to top retail and human resources executives with the query: “Is this true?” The court filing did not include what responses Cook received.
Apple had argued in court filings that the case was not suitable for class action status because not all store managers conducted bag searches, and any searches that did occur took a tiny amount of time which don’t deserve compensation.
Alsup ruled that those issues could be litigated at trial.
[“source – gadgets.ndtv.com”]