They don’t object to the checks – they acknowledge that the thousands of temp workers employed at the warehouses could be pilfering from the company – but they object to being required to clock out before standing in a line that might have 100 people in it. After working a 12-hour shift, getting out the door takes approximately 25 minutes, the lawsuit says.
Amazon operates fulfillment centers in 14 states, and this summer announced it would be hiring 7,000 more people, most of them to handle the distribution work.
An initial lawsuit on the matter filed in Nevada didn’t name Amazon, but rather the temp staffing agency Integrity Staffing Solutions. The new lawsuit names both. A federal court threw out the Nevada lawsuit, but an appeals court allowed a portion of it to proceed. In Kentucky, workers at Amazon subsidiary Zappos.com filed a similar suit. They said the wait for them can be 30 minutes or more.
Both lawsuits seek class-action status to cover all Amazon workers.
“The workers are not allowed to have personal items such as phones, personal electronic devices, or books in the facility, and have no way to use the time waiting in line for their own purposes,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers said.
Neither Amazon nor Integrity Staffing Solutions have commented on the lawsuits.