∞ Former Apple retail Geniuses file lawsuit against Apple

A group of former employees who worked as Geniuses at Apple retail locations have begun to receive letters from lawyers who filed a class action lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco, Calif. in September 2009, but letters to former employees are only being received now, according to one employee who confirmed receipt of the letter for The Loop. The class action period for the lawsuit runs from September 2005 until the conclusion of the trial.

The lawsuit claims that Apple denied employees statutory mandated rest periods; willfully failed to compensate employees for missed rest periods; failed to pay compensation in a prompt and timely manner to former employees; and failed to provide accurate semimonthly itemized wage statements.

The lawsuit apparently only covers former Geniuses of the company’s retail locations.

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages.



  • Vamsmack

    Damn It! We made it 2 days.

    This is why we can't have nice things.

  • Guest

    Guess these lawyers ran out of ambulances to chase.

    /

  • robinson

    I find it hard to imagine that Apple itself did all those things! Except for the itemized wage statements, which should have come from headquarters, most sound like bad manager practices at the local level.

    Or, is the suit asserting that Apple had formal policies pertaining to these matters?

    A discovery should unearth those–and I can't believe any company would be ordering its managers to "deny mandated rest periods", "fail to pay compensation", etc.

    OTOH, I can't believe any company would do offshore oil drilling and not take responsibility for its mistakes– and deny reporters and scientists access to the site and nearby islands.

  • Dave

    Apple probably needs to put them on salary. Get the job done. Get a break when you can and work to satisfy the customer.

  • Eric

    If these people were so smart, why didn't they call the Federal Wage Law Enforcement office? A friend of mine used to run one of their major offices. And this was one of the few kinds of violations they were allowed to enforce during the Bush Administration. They got big fines (read: revenue for the government) and employees were compensated. Now most of the money will go to the lawyers with these "Geniuses" getting a tiny slides of what's left after the jackals have had their fill.

    • Lucas

      Not to mention the Cali Bureau of Labor Standards.

      the tricky thing is that workers are entitled to a break and employers must give them the opportunity. HOWEVER until Cali law (for at least the last 3 or so years) they were not required to make sure you took the paid break. If you choose not to that was on you. meals are a little different.

      So is it that the bosses said FU and didn't put space in the schedules for them to take a break. Or that hey did and the folks worked through it of their own accord. I can believe the latter as I have been at the bar before and seen so called 'fifteen minute' appointments go up to an hour while folks were stuck waiting cause the staff was behind.