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Apple retail employee lawsuit over bag searches receives class-action status

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Apple will face a class-action lawsuit from retail workers in its California stores over the company’s employee bag search policy.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup granted class-action status to a 2013 lawsuit brought by former Apple store workers Amanda Friekin and Dean Pelle. The ruling applies to 12,400 current and former employees of Apple’s 52 California stores, said court documents.

The lawsuit calls for compensating employees for the time it took to conduct mandatory bag searches, which were done every time workers left a store and meant to ensure staff weren’t stealing merchandise. The searches were held after an employee had clocked out, meaning workers weren’t getting paid for the time they spent waiting for managers or security staff to perform the search.

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