More lawsuits are focusing on activities such as these, which were at one time seen to be a normal part of employment: show up for work early and put on the proper gear - or log in to the proper computer systems - so that when the paid time starts, the employee is ready to go. Or, stay behind after work to undergo a security check, to ensure the employee is not stealing from the employer.
But more and more employees are fighting against this extra time on the job, arguing that because such procedures are a required part of the job, they take away from their personal time. Over the course of a year, 10 minutes spent waiting after a shift for a security check can add up. By the same token, 10 minutes spent logging in to computer systems prior to a shift, and after every break, and logging out for each break and at the end of a shift, can add up to a lot of unpaid wages - and time taken out of the employee’s unpaid 30-minute break.
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Employees argue that if the time spent in meetings, training, or preparing for or leaving shifts is not optional, then they should be paid for it. Some of the companies that face such lawsuits include Apple, against which lawsuits were filed regarding unpaid wages for time spent awaiting security checks; and Bloomin’ Brands, against which a lawsuit was filed alleging employees had to work unpaid “Outback Time” 10 to 15 minutes before their scheduled shifts setting up, and that they were not paid for training time or mandatory company meetings.
The Apple lawsuit is case number 3:13-cv-03451-EDL. The Bloomin’ Brands lawsuit is case number 2:13-cv-01821-JAD-NJK, in Nevada Federal District Court.