The Supreme Court said Monday that it will decide whether Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) has to pay its workers for time spent standing in line during security checks at the end of their shifts. The court said in a brief written order it will consider whether to allow a 2010 class-action lawsuit by warehouse workers in Nevada.
The suit was filed by former employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions, Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, who claim workers had to spend as much as 30 minutes in line waiting to pass through metal detectors.
A judge threw out the lawsuit in 2011, saying the workers had no valid claim for the extra pay because going through the security screening wasn't an integral part of their jobs. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the lawsuit last year, saying the workers could seek the compensation, citing the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires compensation for pre- and post-shift activities that are "integral and indispensable" to an employee's principal activities.
Busk and Castro are seeking back pay and overtime, however, the suit could potentially cover tens of thousands of workers. The plaintiffs initially sued only Integrity Staffing Solutions, but have since added Amazon as a defendant in the case.
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