Apple owes $2 million for not giving workers meal breaks

Herman Weaver
December 16, 2016

The California State Superior Court in San Diego ruled Wednesday in favor of Apple retail employees who said the company violated state law in denying breaks, the itemizing of paycheck deductions, timely issuance of paychecks to employees leaving the company and other violations.

A verdict was given today in what was a long-running class action suit brought against Apple by former employees from its Californian retail stores.

For its part, Apple claimed it has offered adequate breaks in accordance with California Labor Code for years before the lawsuit was filed.

It started with a lawsuit in 2011 by four Apple employees in San Diego.

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California law requires employers to give hourly workers a 30 minute meal break if they're working more than five hours a day. Apple's litigation generally involves intellectual property disputes, but the company has also been a party in lawsuits that include antitrust claims, consumer actions, commercial unfair trade practice suits, defamation claims, and corporate espionage, among other matters.

Apple changed its scheduling policy in 2012. But it's not over yet as the second half of the case is expected to conclude next week, according to Jeffrey Hogue, one of the attorneys in this case.

Cupertino must now pay $2 million into a fund to compensate some 21,000 plaintiffs. If divided evenly, it would be just $95 per employee, but it's likely some of the settlement will go toward attorney fees.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

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