Apple sued for alleged meal and break violations

Maryland residents may be interested to learn about a class-action lawsuit that has been filed against Apple. The lawsuit was filed in California and alleges that the company committed several California Labor Code violations. The complaints listed in the suit include failures to provide timely meal and rest breaks to employees as well as a late payment of a final paycheck.

The employment dispute originally began when four retail and corporate Apple employees filed a lawsuit in December 2011. On July 21, 2014, the lawsuit gained class-action status and now encompasses an estimated 20,000 plaintiffs. Although the court documents list an estimate of 18,000 current and former Apple employees, the class size reportedly grew as a result of employee turnover that has taken place.

A lawyer who is representing the plaintiffs offered a statement describing the case. He said that there had been lengthy oral arguments and a high volume of briefing before the case was finally certified as a class-action lawsuit. Recently, Apple has been the subject of another class-action lawsuit that settled for $324 million. High-tech workers had accused Apple along with Google, Adobe and Intel of agreeing not to take workers from each other so that salaries would be kept low.

A business owner who has become the subject of a similar class-action lawsuit may want to contact an attorney. In some cases, an attorney may be able to help both parties avoid litigation by coming to an agreement outside of the courtroom. A business law attorney might also be able to help an employer to draft specific employment policies aimed at avoiding any future disputes that could occur.

Source: Tech Crunch, “Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees“, Ingrid Lunden , July 22, 2014

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