Ex-workers sue Apple, seek overtime for daily bag searches

Written by Reuters | San Francisco | Updated: Aug 2 2013, 03:00am hrs
Two former Apple employees have accused the iPhone maker in a lawsuit of subjecting hourly store workers to daily searches while they were off-the-clock, arguing they should be compensated.

The screenings or bag searches, designed to discourage theft, are conducted every time sales reps leave the store, including for meal breaks, the plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit filed July 25 in a San Francisco federal court.

They are seeking unpaid wages, overtime compensation and other penalties related to what they say is a customary practice across Apple's US showrooms. The two plaintiffs said they worked for Apple over a number of years, from California to Georgia and Florida.

Lawsuits from within Apple's ranks are rare, in part because the company is known to command loyalty among its workers. In 2011 however, a part-time employee at an Apple store in San Francisco sought to form a union to fight for better wages and benefits and to address what he called unfair practices within the company's showrooms.

Cook meets China Mobile head

Beijing/Singapore: Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday met with the head of China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers and the only Chinese carrier that doesn't offer iPhones and iPads. The meeting with China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing was to discuss matters of cooperation, the Chinese firm told Reuters. It gave no further details. The talks could pave the way for a long-awaited deal for China Mobile to distribute Apple products on its vast network, benefiting both companies.