Judge dismisses Apple employee labor suit over time spent in security checks

It looks like Apple employees engaged in a potential lawsuit against the tech giant will have to go back to the drawing board. The case, in which Apple employees alleged that they lost wages while being forced to endure long, mandatory security checks, was thrown out by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsop.

Judge Alsop cited a recent Supreme Court decision in a similar case against Amazon in which the court ruled that workers were not owed lost wages because the time spent in security checkpoints was not a part of what they were paid to do.

Second, named plaintiffs Dean Pelle, Adam Kilker, and Brandon Fisher's individualclaims under the FLSA, New York, Massachusetts, and Ohio state law are hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Both sides agree that these claims do not survive Busk (Dkt. Nos. 210, 211). This dismissal, of course, is only as to the named plaintiffs' individual claims since no class has been certified.

However, as per the court ruling, plaintiffs will have until January 6th to file an amended complaint, so the case could resume in the future.

Source: Apple Insider, Scribd (via Apple Insider) (opens in new tab)

Dan Thorp-Lancaster
14 Comments
  • Don't the people hiring these guys make sure the hired know about this kind of stuff?
  • The younger generation are just too lazy and don't know what real work is anymore. Always looking for a quick buck. Let's take the guy who owns the local convenience store to court because he wants to close on Sunday. Sent from the iMore App
  • Are you mentally defunct? You know nothing of the age of the employees that brought this suit and those involved. What you said almost nothing to do with the article or case. In fact the plaintiffs were dying because they WERE working and that work required them to go through security unpaid. Going through security is a requirement of the job but they are not being paid for it. Also, numbers wise the newer generation is smarter than previous generations, have worked more jobs below their skill set than the previous generation (thanks for that one when your kind decided to buy things you couldn't afford and let the economy crumble), and in fact, due to the work place shift in computers and technology, the newer generation has a skill set that is more suitable to the current market; but because a certain group of boomers didn't prepare for retirement and are working substantially longer the ability for new openings in these skill related fields has dropped leading to a lack of jobs. Sent from the iMore App
  • Sounds like a comment from mentally restarted person. No facts. Sent from the iMore App
  • The younger generation are just too lazy and don't know what real work is anymore. Always looking for a quick buck. Let's take the guy who owns the local convenience store to court because he wants to close on Sunday. Sent from the iMore App
  • Could this article be a little more vague? What kind of "security checkpoints" are you referring to? This post says very little, and the linked article says even less.
  • If they're being paid for said time in the security checks, then no reason to complain. If they aren't, that's a different story.
  • Errr...that's kind of the whole point...they aren't.
  • If you need to pay someone for their time at a checkpoint then your screwed. Because then they will take you to court for lost time if they have bad dreams of their work day. Next it's free lunch and why not throw in desert. Hell, why should they even go to work? Just apply for Free Obama Money, right? Sent from the iMore App
  • troll so hard lol.
  • You live a sad and miserable life don't you? Going to extremes with absolutely nothing to stand on with that Sent from the iMore App
  • You must be one of the millions of lazy bums, huh. 90% of the work is done by 10% of us. You certainly are not one of us. Sent from the iMore App
  • Since it's not part of the job, they can't be fired for not doing it then...right? Sent from the iMore App
  • Lol wow Sent from the iMore App