Apple accused of modern slavery

Posted on Thursday, Aug 07 2008 @ 23:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Disgruntled Apple employees have filed a class action lawsuit against the fruity computer and gadget maker. The complaint claims many Apple employees are routinely subjected to "working conditions resembling indentured servitude" and alleges Apple denied technical staffers required overtime pay and meal compensation:
Filed in the US District Court for Southern California, the complaint claims that many Apple employees are routinely subjected to working conditions resembling indentured servitude.

Lead plaintiff David Walsh was employed by Apple as a network engineer from 1995 until 2007. His complaint says he was often required to work more than 40 hours per week, miss meals, and spend his evenings and even entire weekends on call without any overtime pay or meal compensation. He fielded technical support calls that often came after 11 pm.

The lawsuit alleges that Apple intentionally misclassified Walsh and many other workers as management employees in order to avoid having to pay them overtime as required under California law for hourly workers. It seeks to include Apple retail stores' staff as plaintiffs.
Source: PC Authority

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