Apple retail workers sued Jobs’ Mob over bag search practices at the company’s California cathedrals of the Apple faith. They wanted to be reimbursed for the time taken by Apple to search their bags to ensure they did not steal any shiny toys.
Two Apple retail store workers complained directly to Chief Executive Tim Cook that the technology company’s policy of checking retail employees’ bags as a security precaution was embarrassing and demeaning. Even more demeaning than working for Apple in the first place.
Lee Shalov, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, said they are disappointed by the ruling and intend to explore all options, including a possible appeal.
Plaintiffs Amanda Frlekin and Dean Pelle alleged that “screenings”, or bag searches, designed to discourage theft, are conducted every time sales reps leave the store, including for meal breaks.
Alsup said Apple workers did not have to bring a bag to work, and thus would not be subjected to the delays of a search. No Apple employee filed court papers mentioning that they need to bring a bag, Alsup wrote.
“Apple took a milder approach to theft prevention and offered its employees the option to bring bags and personal Apple devices into a store subject to the condition that such items must be searched when they leave the store,” the Judge wrote.