Apple will pay $30.5 million to shop workers to search their bags

Apple will pay $30.5 million to shop workers to search their bags

William Alsoup, a U.S. District Court judge in the Northern District of California, approved on Monday a settlement agreement between Apple and employees of brand stores in California who sued the company for compensation for the time they spent checking their bags for security purposes.

In a collective action filed in 2013 on behalf of 14683 employees of 52 California Apple stores, Apple claimed that the company had violated state law by failing to pay employees for the time spent searching their bags, and Apple stated that checking the employees ' bags due to the company ' s retail policy was necessary to ensure that they were not trying to steal electronic devices, noting that Apple had stopped the practice after the conflict.

In 2015, the judge granted Apple ' s application to dismiss the collective action, but the employees appealed against the decision and in 2020 the Supreme Court of California ordered Apple to pay compensation to the employees for the time they had spent checking their bags.

The amount of compensation for Apple stores is $30.5 million. This is the largest amount to be paid as part of the settlement of a search case in the history of the state.