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$2M Verdict Against Apple in Unpaid Overtime and Rest Break Class Action Lawsuit

This is a settlement for the California Employment lawsuit.

Santa Clara, CA: An unpaid wages and overtime lawsuit brought against Apple has resulted in a $2 million jury verdict against the tech giant, which is accused of violating meal period law for its retail employees. The long-running suit alleges the company cheated its workers out of break time and final paychecks.

According to the original complaint, filed by plaintiff Brandon Felczer and several others in 2011, Apple employees were required to work in excess of five hours without a meal break, in violation of California labor law. Additionally, the company took lengthy delays in issuing final paycheck to its workers who had given their notice as required by law.

The plaintiffs claim that Apple’s corporate policy of not allowing workers to discuss labor conditions at work added to an atmosphere of fear among workers, stopping them from speaking up, resulting in the continuation of labor law violations.

This verdict doesn’t end the suit, as the court must still determine whether or not employees who worked at Apple corporate from December 2007 to December 2012, and who were not exempt from overtime and meal break rules, were similarly mistreated.

In July 2014, a class of some 20,000 Apple employees was certified in the suit. This includes six subclasses: a meal break class and rest break subclass each for both retail and corporate employees, a waiting time penalty subclass, and a wage statement subclass.

The case is Felczer et al. v. Apple Inc. et al., case number 37-2011-00102593-CU-OE-CTL, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Diego.

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Published on Dec-14-16


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