Jan 5, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that companies don’t have to pay their workers for the time they force workers to wait for security screening after work.
The lawsuit was brought by warehouse workers in Nevada who are hired by a temp agency to fill orders for Amazon. The workers said that the wait often takes close to half an hour, amounting to two and a half hours a week. There have been similar class-action lawsuits – 13 against Amazon alone, but against other big companies as well, including Apple, CVS, TJX and Ross – involving more than 400,000 warehouse workers.
That’s hundreds of millions of dollars in wages – stolen from workers whose pay is already low, and adding to the already obscene profits these big companies are making. And the greedy bosses could definitely count on the Supreme Court justices, ALL of them – the ruling was 9-0.
Commentators may argue until day breaks about these judges’ voting patterns; whether they are conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. There is one pattern that never changes: when it comes down to company profits versus workers’ interests, these judges side with the companies. One hundred percent!