In 2011, four Apple employees reportedly filed a suit against the company, alleging various violations to the California Labor Code. Approximately three years later, the case has been certified as a class action, widening the plaintiff pool to a possible 20,000 former and current Apple workers.
According to the original lawsuit, Apple is being accused of failure to provide timely rest and meal breaks. The company also allegedly failed to provide timely final paychecks to employees who left Apple. According to document and claims from various workers, the allegations range widely.
One person reports receiving a final paycheck two days after the required period. In another instance, a worker reports being required to work for five hours without a break.
An initial document in the class action case cited a potential for 18,000 workers impacted. That number was reportedly an estimate based on information provided by Apple. At this time, says one attorney, the number of potentially impacted employees and former workers has reached over 20,000 and continues to grow.
According to reports, this is not the first and only class action suit Apple faces. Another recently settled case involved tech workers who claimed that companies such as Apple were conspiring to reduce worker salaries; the conspiracy involved an alleged agreement between companies such as Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel not to poach workers from one another.
In any class action case, details are usually numerous and legal requirements can become complex. It's important to understand the proper method for bringing such a suit and growing it to class-action proportions. Even after a suit is certified as a class action, legal requirements continue and must be followed to help ensure success.
Source: TechCrunch, "Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees" Ingrid Lunden, Jul. 22, 2014