A former Apple employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company, alleging that it violated New York labor laws by paying its employees biweekly rather than weekly.
Plaintiff Raven Ramos filed a proposed class action complaint on April 4 on behalf of all Apple employees in the state of New York “that engage or have engaged in manual work in the course of their employment,” alleging that Apple has and continues to violate New York labor law.
If the New York State Department of Labor Commissioner does not expressly authorize payment to occur on a semi-monthly basis, manual workers in New York are required by law to be paid once per week.
Apple’s store employees may have been paid biweekly instead of weekly because the company allegedly didn’t have the proper authorization to pay them weekly. According to the suit, Apple was alleged to have violated the law by failing to provide workers’ compensation to its retail store employees.
Approximately a quarter of Ramos’ work responsibilities, according to the lawsuit, could be classified as manual labor. In addition to providing customer service, it was my responsibility to “work the sales floor, unpack the products, and empty the cash registers.”
A Port Chester resident, Ramos worked at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store from October 2010 to January 2018. During that time period, Apple only paid wages every other week, rather than weekly, as nearly every other retail establishment in the United States had been doing at that time.
If Ramos is injured, it is because she “was temporarily deprived of money owed to her” and “lost the time value of that money,” which is what the claim says happened.
A class of at least 100 people is said to be covered by the lawsuit, with individual claims by members of the class totaling “well in excess” of $5 million.
Aside from recouping “the amount of their untimely paid wages as liquidated damages,” the class also wants Apple to pay for reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, along with interest accrued both prior to and after the judgement was entered. The filing did not provide a specific dollar figure for this alleged loss, but it is expected to be in the neighborhood of $5 million.