By Andrew Chung
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Amazon's offer to avoid a lawsuit aimed at ensuring that workers at the e-commerce giant's warehouses are paid for the time they undergo extensive appraisals. safety after your shifts.
The judges rejected an appeal by Amazon and a third party in a lower court ruling rekindling workers' claims under Nevada state law. The ruling comes five years after the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case that barred similar claims under federal law.
A group of Amazon warehouse workers who pack and ship goods filed a class action lawsuit in 2010 against Integrity Staffing Solutions, which provides some employees to Amazon.
They sought compensation for submitting to what they called mandatory "post-September 11 airport security" sortings designed to prevent employees from stealing goods. Workers said the screening takes about 25 minutes to complete.
Amazon called the plaintiff's protocol description "grossly inaccurate" in court documents.
In the 2014 ruling in the case, the Supreme Court ruled that under a 1947 law amending the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend on security checks.
The workers then pressed their allegations using state law and added Amazon as a defendant. The case was settled with similar actions in the Kentucky federal court.