Apple must pay $2 million for denying workers’ meal breaks

Apple has been ordered to pay $2 million to employees who were illegally denied meal and rest breaks, after a verdict in a class-action lawsuit.

The penalty covers only a portion of the lawsuit, which concerns Apple Store employees in California. The rest of the suit covers additional retail workers as well as corporate employees, said Jeffrey Hogue, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

Four Apple workers filed the suit in 2011 in San Diego, claiming Apple denied them meal and rest breaks, and failed to pay them on time.

“California law requires employers to give hourly workers a 30-minute meal break if they’re working more than five hours a day,” said a CNN report on the verdict. “They’re also require to provide 10-minute breaks for every four hours worked.”

The suit became a class action in 2013. About 21,000 employees are affected by the verdict, according to CNN.

Hogue expects a verdict in the rest of the case by week’s end.


Photo: The Apple logo hangs on the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)


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  • WebsterPhreaky

    How Ironic that the “Big Brother” bastard in the infamous “1984 Apple Commercial” has turned out to be CrApple themselves!! The Litigious, Bully, Greedy, Employee Oppressive Bastards are CrApple!