Thursday, August 07, 2008

Apple Employees Suing; Being Treated Like Slaves?

As reported by Slashdot:

"Apple employees are putting together a class action lawsuit for not receiving overtime pay. A Lawsuit filed Monday in California seeks class action status alleging that Apple denied technical staffers required overtime pay and meal compensation in violation of state law. 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, or 'modern day slaves,' for lack of better words."

Since when does a salaried worker get overtime pay?

I'm being serious when I say this ... working at Apple and with a company that is changing the world would be an immense compensation to me ... that doesn't mean I would work for free or even competitive pay ... I'm just saying ... in my Apple days, I felt very proud and honored that I could say I was with such a company.


Anonymous said...

Who said he was salaried? And in California, salaried employees, unless everyone with your title works the same number of hours, those who work more, get overtime.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, so here's the crux of his argument which makes sense from an overtime standpoint.

“intentionally and deliberately created numerous job levels and a multitude of job titles to create the superficial appearance of hundreds of unique jobs, when in fact, these jobs are substantially similar and can be easily grouped together for the purpose of determining whether they are exempt from overtime wages.”

As I said before, employees get overtime when they work longer hours than others with their same job title, salaried or not. His complaint is that Apple made up various job titles for the same job to get around paying the overtime. If he's right, it is illegal, and he deserves overtime.

I don't have any reason to doubt him. I've worked for several companies that do this. I refused overtime, and under California law you can't be fired for that.