Apple has Offered to Pay $29.9 Million to Employees who were subjected to routine searches of their bags off-the-clock
Apple offered to pay $29.9 million to employees who claimed they were subjected to routine searches of their bags off the clock in a settlement proposal filed in federal court Friday, according to Courthouse News Service's reporter Matthew Renda.
"This is a significant, non-reversionary settlement reached after nearly eight years of hard-fought litigation," wrote Lee Shalov, plaintiff for the attorney, in the proposed settlement.
The case hinged on a practice Apple implemented that required employees to show their bags and Apple devices before leaving work. These procedures occurred off the clock; a class of employees sued in 2013, arguing they should be paid for their time undergoing security checks.
"If approved, this will be the largest reported settlement in a security search case in California," Shalov wrote. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The California Supreme Court ruled in February 2020 that Apple should be on the hook for the mandatory searches.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye chastised Apple for arguing employees could have left their iPhones and other devices at home given the company’s effusive rhetoric around the devices.
"The irony and inconsistency of Apple’s argument must be noted," Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the judgment. "Its characterization of the iPhone as unnecessary for its own employees is directly at odds with its description of the iPhone as an ‘integrated and integral’ part of the lives of everyone else." For more, read the full Courthouse News Service report.