Jason Hall, of Malvern, who worked for two months in 2006 at the North Wales Best Buy store, has filed a suit over unpaid time spent by employees undergoing security searches and working through breaks. Hall claims workers sometimes must wait 15 minutes or more to be searched after each shift, adding up to an hour or more per week.
The lawsuit seeks class-action status for everyone who worked at 25 Best Buy stores in Pennsylvania since October 2003. It was filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, where workers won a $140 million back-wage verdict against Wal-Mart in 2006.
Final note: Retailers and other employers, take heed—a minute or two here and there spent working over breaks or before or after shifts, when multiplied over a number of employees or years, can add up to one big headache. Forbid employees from doing any work off the clock—and pay them for all the time they do work.