Let’s look on some updates regarding the case filed against tech giant Apple. Earlier this week, Apple won a lawsuit against former employees, after being accused of inhumane treatment towards the staff.
Earlier this year, more specifically in June, a couple of former store employees sued Apple because of a retail store policy. According to this policy, named “bag check”, employed security agents were entitled to search store agents before they entered their shifts and after they left the store.
The sore store employees criticized this internal policy, naming it inhumane and highly demoralizing. Moreover, each person submitted to bag check was expected to form a queue and patiently wait for the security officer to go over his bag. A better part of employees reported that they would lose approximately 15 minutes each day due to this procedure.
According to their demands, in order to make repairs Apple must pay the employees for the time they lost when they were prompted to submit to bag checks. An early estimate places the sum at over 48 million euros. The sum should be cashed out by over 12000 store employees.
But that’s not the end of the story. Among other counts, raised by the malcontent mob, there are more serious ones. In one case, a couple of employees told the judge that the store management would order the security personnel to put the emergency exists under lock and key. The management would argue that this protocol would be employed in order to have a better control over what goes in and what come out.
Going back to the resolution, because there is no time like the present, it seems that the judge didn’t rule in favor of the malcontent store employees. William Alsup, the US district Judge that took over the strings, ruled out in favor of Apple. Alsup dismissed the case, saying that the facts brought forth by the employees can’t be regarded as evidence. Moreover, the judge brought the case to a conclusion when he said that bags are not mandatory and that an employee can come to work without a bag. Hence, he said, those who came without a bag didn’t have to submit to a check-up.
The employees also added that they took their plea to CEO Tim Cook. When asked about this affair, Cook declared that he hadn’t a clue about this being a store policy. Still, nothing seems to have changed since.