Apple slammed with another lawsuit in California, this time over unpaid lunch breaks

Apple slammed with another lawsuit in California, this time over unpaid lunch breaks
When you are at the top, lawsuits are piling up like arrows on a dart board from all sides, or at least that's the legal system around, as Apple just got slammed with another one, this time from its own employees. and about lunch breaks. No, we don't mean some far out iPhone assembly line at Foxconn, but Apple in California, where a lawsuit against it was just granted a class action status, representing about 20 000 of hourly Apple employees, both current and former.

The law firm that has taken the lawsuit on, initially received calls from its current clients, saying that Apple is not letting them take lunch breaks long after any stretched-out lunch time has passed. The case also builds on instances where Apple allegedly broke the state's wage and working hours laws, failing to compensate its earners for the breaks they missed, for instance. The attorneys from Hogue & Belong, who managed to obtain a class action status on their case, say that Apple now has seven lawyers lined up against it, and think that the Silicon Valley giant is starting to take the case seriously now.

source: VentureBeat



1. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Unfortunately this doesn't only happen at Apple. I'm sure many workers can attest to something similar to this happening at one point in their work life.

10. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I don't even get a paid lunch break. Where there is money, people will try and take advantage. Not to mention it's Apple, which means that they can get a good amount of money out of them.

19. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Nobody should get a paid lunch break. You're not working, so you shouldn't be compensated by your employer. This is retarded.

21. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The issue isn't employees being paid for lunch breaks. The issue is not being paid when they didn't get to take their lunch breaks. If you do not take your lunch break then your employer is supposed to adjust your wages accordingly not pay you as if you still took one.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Rotten fruit...

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's an awesome apple dis. Did you come up with that one all by yourself?


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, iHelped him. But, he forgot rAnciD; it was rotten rAnciD & fruiTi-TuiTi.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Seems like Apple doesn't care bout it's workers or treats them right.

3. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

So, apple manage to gain lots of profit by exploiting it's employee? C'mon apple, for that's amount of profit, don't be an @**h0l3. pay your worker the money they deserve, and give them their right.

4. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Guess they could all work at Walmart instead.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They are under a sh$twall of criticism in my country as well, since Pegatron (who mainly repairs iPhones) exploit their employees and don't provide a decent workplace.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

No ethic. Only maximum profits. Seems like every US corperation like like that. Microsoft made $23.38 Billons in revenue this quarter and yet they still planned a massive layoff. Gone were the days when employer can feel for their employees and we could be proud and had a sense of belonging to our company.

20. oboboy14

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Revenue is different from profits. Their profits were much smaller in comparison. But I guess if you know more about business, you should get in touch with Satya and let him know your plan.

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2028; Member since: May 26, 2011

*cough* share holders *cough*

7. Trolloftheyear

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 16, 2014

Don't give enough specs and now not enough salary. How much profit you need?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell, I don't get a paid lunch break either, and I'm union.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

You don't get paid a lunch break for two very important reasons: one, you have to, by law, keep both hands on the steering wheel while driving that bus and you can't do that while chowing down on kfc, and, two, you should be on a diet anyway. In short, the "Union" does not promote or encourage unsafe driving or bloatness.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That was stupid, and not funny. You're tolling too hard.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Okay Blanche, what part of my statement is not true; the union has the public safety and your health in mind by not paying you to lunch.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31007; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, the stuff you post isn't funny, it's stupid, and your underhanded racism is too easy to spot. KFC SMDH, of all the things to say I eat, KFC. You're too transparent. End of discussion, get lost.

23. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

This about not taking unpaid breaks, and not being compensated for missed breaktime. They are supposed to get an UNPAID lunch, but are being forced to work through it. So they are WORKING during UPAID break time

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It wasn't about getting a paid lunch, it was about how employees in some cases weren't allowed a lunch. For instance if they missed their lunch due to work, then an employer is supposed to compensate them, because they're owed a lunch break by law. And apparently Apple wasn't letting them take a break if they didn't do so within a certain interval around regular break time. Technically by law employees get a lunch break and usually two fifteen minute breaks during an 8 hour period. If that doesn't happen the employer is supposed to compensate them. So it's not about getting a paid lunch break, it's about being compensated for missing/losing lunch breaks.

27. BlankSpaceNai

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Hey look! Someone actually READ the article! Your the 2nd person Ive seen in these comments that actually READ it. It didnt say they werent being PAID for the lunch breaks, its that they werent allowed TO HAVE a lunch break after a certain amount of time and even afterwords, were not allowed to take their break. (Basically means, they had till 4 to take the lunch, but the amount of work they had didnt allow them to take it till 6, and the boss said NO LUNCH! BACK TO WORK! YOU NO GET PAID FOR THAT BREAK EITHER) If you've ever worked in an office based job (raise a mug for you cubicle workers) this is a VERY common thing, being unable to take your break until you finish your afternoon work load. XD People, dont just read the title and start commenting, actually read the article first!

30. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I used to work construction installing signalling equipment, and there were times where we couldn't break because the system had to be up and running yesterday, especially when working on things like hospital call lights (where the patient or staff can signal for assistance or a code blue). One such time we got to the site at 9am and didn't break until the job was done at 7am that night. No lunch break, no 15 minute breaks, just a straight 10 hours of work. But we do get a bonus when we have to stick it out. If we didn't, they wouldn't keep any employees, especially if you're on salary.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Apple: "iStarve, uStarve, we all Starve; now get back to gorilla gluing"

18. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

What those workers at the US California locations, think they're any different from the Foxconn Chinese worker... Apparently Apple doesn't think so. Now back to work.

29. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Ok, so this happens a lot in California with different companies. Having lived in California my whole life until last September and being management for a long time, I am very familiar with California labor laws. In the state of California employers are required not only to allow, but force employees to take a 30 minute unpaid meal break before the 5 hour mark during an 8 hour shift. If an employee goes beyond the 5 hour mark it is a violation which can result in fines against the company. Unfortunately many companies just fudge time stamps to avoid such fines. I have been a part of a couple of class action suits. They all end in settlements in my experience.

31. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If I'm not mistaken, that's federal labor law, along with two 15 minute breaks and the minimum wage requirements. The only way it doesn't apply if your number of employees doesn't reach a certain amount (I believe it has to be higher than 7) , according to my previous employer.

32. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Stop complaining Apple workers. As bad as it may sound Apple workers still get pay more than minimum wage. There are so many ppl out there working for min wages and still miss their lunch breaks, or get unfair treatment,have a bad boss, etc With more wage, comes more responsibility and missing a lunch break once in awhile due to busy hours is understandable to me.

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