Judge approves Apple's $30M employee bag check lawsuit settlement

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Apple's bid to pay $30 million to settle a lawsuit over employee bag checks has been approved by a U.S. District Court judge on Monday, ending a nearly decade-long legal battle.

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The settlement was approved by Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. With it, Apple is closing the book on a long-running lawsuit that was first filed in 2013.

"The Court finds that the Settlement offers significant monetary recovery to all Participating Settlement Class Members, and finds that such recovery is fair, reasonable, and adequate when balanced against the risk of further litigation related to damages issues," Alsup wrote in his approval.

The complaint stems from a retail policy requiring Apple staff to have their bags and personal belongings checked before clocking out for work. It originally argued that staff members should be paid for the time spent undergoing security checks, which could sometime last as long as 45 minutes after their shifts ended.

Apple has since ceased that policy. Back in 2015, the lawsuit revealed that Apple CEO Tim Cook has unaware of the policy.

Although the original class-action lawsuit was dismissed in 2015, the decision was appealed. The legal battle peaked in February 2020, when the California Supreme Court ruled that Apple must pay employees for the time spent in security checks.

The $30.5 million settlement will be paid out to a class that includes 14,683 Apple employees residing in California. It marks the largest settlement in a security search case in the history of the state.

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  • Reply 1 of 8
    Article should say,” …after clocking out…”😀
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,391member
    So everyone got a $10 Apple Gift Card in the end because probably about $28 Million of the $30 Million went to the law firm. /s
    edited August 15 fred1watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    coolfactorcoolfactor Posts: 1,916member
    It works out to about $2000 per employee. That's a good payday. I wonder how many of those people continue to buy Apple products, giving that money right back to Apple again?
    edited August 15 watto_cobraFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 4 of 8
    ronnronn Posts: 517member
    Damn shame that the lawyers get $10M, a third, after all these years. There should've been a cap on the lawyers amount and Apple should have paid interest for causing such a long delay. ~$1400 per worker is a pittance given Apple's behavior.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    ronn said:
    Damn shame that the lawyers get $10M, a third, after all these years. There should've been a cap on the lawyers amount and Apple should have paid interest for causing such a long delay. ~$1400 per worker is a pittance given Apple's behavior.
    Given that they were fighting Apple's lawyers, who are known for underhanded behavior and dirty tricks, those class action lawyers earned their fees.  It's just a shame that Apple doesn't have to reimburse the employees plus triple punitive damages because they should have known wage theft was a crime, plus interest, AND pay the plantiffs' attorneys separately from paying the employees.
    beowulfschmidtronnFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 6 of 8
    macguimacgui Posts: 2,198member
    Anybody is free to opt out of a class action law suit and take on Apple on their own. Anybody? Bueller?? I didn't think so.

    So the lawyers get a big payday. If they didn't, what are the odds that they'd take up the fight? Far less. The victims get a pittance but the bigger takeaway is some egregious practice is usually stopped. Regardless of how little (or how much) time an employee might have been lost, it's insulting at best to have an employer doing a bag check on your dime! Even more so when you realize it's ok to inconvenience you every day at the end of your shift, because it saves them $Millions per year.

    I don't know that class action lawyers deserve the fees they get, considering their clients seldom get a reimbursement equal to their loss. The whole class action process is often something of a farce. But if a practice is discontinued or made fair to all involved, that's still a win.




    indieshackFileMakerFeller
  • Reply 7 of 8
    macgui said:
    Anybody is free to opt out of a class action law suit and take on Apple on their own. Anybody? Bueller?? I didn't think so.

    So the lawyers get a big payday. If they didn't, what are the odds that they'd take up the fight? Far less. The victims get a pittance but the bigger takeaway is some egregious practice is usually stopped. Regardless of how little (or how much) time an employee might have been lost, it's insulting at best to have an employer doing a bag check on your dime! Even more so when you realize it's ok to inconvenience you every day at the end of your shift, because it saves them $Millions per year.

    I don't know that class action lawyers deserve the fees they get, considering their clients seldom get a reimbursement equal to their loss. The whole class action process is often something of a farce. But if a practice is discontinued or made fair to all involved, that's still a win.




    Well said. I think this was an obnoxious company policy, a bad idea on so many levels. If the class action stopped it then great, but yeah, the class action process is flawed
    FileMakerFeller
  • Reply 8 of 8
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,374member
    I wish this forum had a better search function so I could scan back to the original threads when this story broke and find out who was defending Apple.  There are bound to have bene some true believers who thought Apple were being persecuted.
    muthuk_vanalingamronnFileMakerFeller
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