A class-action lawsuit was filed against the company in 2013.

The American company Apple has agreed to pay $29.9 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed against it in 2013 by employees of branded stores in California. As Bloomberg reported, the plaintiffs’ lawyers appealed to a federal judge in the United States with a request to approve the settlement agreement.

According to the agency, in a lawsuit on behalf of 14,683 employees of 52 California Apple stores, it was alleged that the company violated state law by not paying them for the time employees spent checking their bags for security purposes. Apple, in turn, noted that searches of bags were necessary to make sure that employees did not hide stolen electronic devices in them.

According to the terms of the deal, out of the agreed amount, each employee included in the class action will receive $1,286 thousand.

As Bloomberg explains, in 2015, the judge granted Apple’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. However, in 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Apple should pay employees for the time they spent checking their bags.

The company did not comment on this information to the agency.