When they leave work after or during their shifts, Apple Inc. agreed to pay $ 29.9 million to employees at its stores who were forced to submit to security check checks.
Lawyers for the workers asked a federal judge on Friday to approve the decision, which comes after a long eight-year legal battle.
Apple Store employees sued in class-action in 2013, claiming the company violated California law by not paying them for the time it took to inspect their wallets.
Apple says bag searches are important to make sure employees do not store electronics in their bags and argues in court that anyone who does not like the policy may choose not to bring the bags to work.
The lawsuit only covers employees at California’s 52 Apple stores. The class includes 14,683 staff; each will receive $ 1,286 from the decision, lawyers said in court filing. In 2015, a judge granted Apple’s request to dismiss the case. But it was revived last year when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple needed to pay employees for the time they spent owning their wallet.