Apple sued for not paying New York Apple Store staff weekly

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A former Apple employee has launched a class action lawsuit against Apple, claiming the company cut New York jobs by paying employees every two weeks instead of once.

Filed on April 4, plaintiff Raven Ramos’ attempted class action lawsuit on behalf of all Apple employees in New York State “who perform or have performed manual labor as part of their employment” alleges that ‘Apple has, and continues to, violate state labor laws.

Under New York law, manual workers must be paid on a weekly basis, unless there is express authorization from the New York State Department of Labor authorizing payment on a bi-weekly basis. .

It is believed that Apple did not receive this clearance for its store staff and paid salaries every two weeks instead of once a week. The lawsuit proposes that its store staff are covered by the law, and therefore Apple was violating it.

The lawsuit estimates that around 25% of Ramos’ job responsibilities would be classifiable as manual labor. These duties included “working the sales floor, unpacking products, emptying cash registers and assisting customers”.

Ramos, who lives in Port Chester, was employed by Apple between October 2010 and January 2018, at the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue. Throughout this period, Apple paid wages only every other week, not weekly, like almost all other retail establishments in the United States.

Ramos is said to be hurt by the non-payment of weekly wages because ‘she was temporarily deprived of the money that was owed to her’ and she ‘lost the time value of that money’.

The lawsuit claims the class covers at least 100 members, with the total claims of individual class members “well over” $5 million.

Regarding what the group would seek to recover from Apple, he proposes that the group be entitled to recover “the amount of their overdue wages as liquidated damages”, as well as fees and expenses. reasonable attorneys’ fees, and before and after interest in judgment. A numerical value for this supposed loss was not offered in the filing, but more than $5 million is likely expected.