“Shrinkage” problem lands Apple in legal hot water with retail workers

A federal judge has ruled that Apple must defend a class-action trial, to begin in January, representing thousands of Apple store workers. The employees claim they had to spend as much as 20 minutes off the clock having their bags searched to combat employee theft—known as "shrinkage"—every time they left the premises.

According to US District Judge William Alsup's ruling: (PDF)

In stores where searches were performed by the manager on duty, some employees say they had to scour the...

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