The lawsuit alleged that Apple's meal period policy did not comply with California labor law, and caused employees to work more than five hours straight without the opportunity to take their meal period and with no additional pay when they missed their meal break. The plaintiffs claimed they did not waive their right to a meal period, nor did they waive their right to a rest break.
The jury agreed with Apple employees, finding that they should have received proper meal breaks and awarding them $2 million.
Additionally, plaintiffs alleged they were not paid in a timely manner when their employment with Apple was terminated. One employee, Ryan Goldman, was reportedly terminated from his position on January 11, 2011, but did not receive a final paycheck until almost a month later, on February 7, 2011.
Finally, the lawsuit alleged Apple restricted its employees from discussing working conditions.
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According to reports, around 21,000 workers were included in the lawsuit, meaning the amount per worker would be small. But a bench trial could determine whether people who worked at Apple's corporate offices and were not exempt from breaks are similarly eligible for an award.
Under California labor law, employees are entitled to a thirty-minute unpaid meal period when they work more than five hours in a shift and a 10-minute paid rest period for every four hours worked or major portion of four hours.
The lawsuit is Felczer et al v. Apple Inc, case number 37-2011-00102593, in Superior Court of the State of California, San Diego.