Apple Inc. Must Pay $2 Million For Alleged Meal And Rest Break Violations

  22 December 2016

Apple has been ordered to pay $2 million dollars for allegedly denying some of its retail workers meal breaks, as required by law in California. Four Apple employees filed the lawsuit in 2011, in San Diego.

They alleged that Apple failed to give them meal and rest breaks, and didn't pay them in a timely manner, among other complaints. Pursuant to California law, employers must provide hourly workers with a 30 minute meal break if they're working more than five hours a day, and a second 30 minute meal break if employees work more than 10 hours. Employers must also provide 10 minute rest breaks for every four hours worked.In 2013, the case became a class action lawsuit that included California employees who had worked at Apple between 2007 and 2012, approximately 21,000 people. Apple made changes to its scheduling policy in 2012. Apple could still owe more money and this will be determined in a second phase of the case. According to plaintiffs, as alleged in the complaint, Apple's culture of secrecy keeps employees from talking about the company's poor working conditions. "If [employees] so much as discuss the various labor policies, they run the risk of being fired, sued or disciplined."  Read more here.