Judge dismisses employee ‘bag check’ lawsuits against Apple

A federal court judge has dismissed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits against Apple by its retail employees, who argued the company's anti-theft policies incurred lost wages, reports Bloomberg. U.S. District Court Judge William dismissed the suit with prejudice.

This means Apple won’t compensate as many 12,400 former and current employees from 52 stores throughout the state a few dollars a day for time spent over a six-year period having their bags and Apple devices searched at meal breaks and after their shifts. Workers were free to choose to avoid searches by not bringing bags with them, Alsup said in the ruling. 

“It is undisputed that some employees did not bring bags to work and thereby did not have to be searched when they left the store,” he said.

In July Alsup ruled that f ex-employees who filed the suit in 2013 could proceed on behalf of all the other current and former Apple Store workers who were subject to the searches since 2009.

“Plaintiffs are disappointed in the court’s ruling and are exploring their options, including an appeal,” Lee Shalov, a lawyer for the workers, told Bloomberg.