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Apple Store Ex-Employees Sue Over Unpaid Security Checks

July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Apple Inc. was sued by two former employees at its retail stores who claim they weren’t paid for time they spent waiting to have their bags searched each time they went for lunch or left at the end of the day.

The two former employees, one who worked in a Los Angeles store and one who most recently worked at a New York location, seek to represent other hourly workers at Apple’s stores in a class-action lawsuit, according to their complaint filed July 25 in federal court in San Francisco.

They seek to represent retail workers in California who over the past four years weren’t paid for time waiting in security screening lines, as well as workers in the state of New York who weren’t paid for that time during the past six years, according to the complaint.

They lost as much as $1,500 in wages a year because of the screenings, which sometimes took 10 to 15 minutes, according to the complaint.

Steve Dowling, a spokesman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail today seeking comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Frlekin v. Apple Inc., 13-03451, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Edvard Pettersson in the Los Angeles federal courthouse at +1- epettersson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.

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