Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Amazon Warehouse Workers In Security Screening Case
Business groups are cheering a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case brought by Amazon warehouse workers. The justices rejected the workers’ argument that they should be paid for the time spent waiting to go through security screenings.
Two workers employed by an Amazon contractor in Nevada brought the case. They said it usually took 25 minutes every day to go through an anti-theft security screening at the end of their shifts.
The works argued that they deserved to be paid for that time because it was something their employer required them to do. But the Supreme Court disagreed.
“The legal test is whether the time spent after the shift or before the shift is integral and indispensable to the primary work activities, and the court pointed out that the work these employees did in the warehouse could be done without these employees going through the security screening,” said Edward Brill, a lawyer with Proskauer Rose in New York who wrote a brief for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups siding with the employer.
Brill says the decision is a relief to employers. He says they could have faced a flood of lawsuits if the justices sided with the workers.
An Amazon spokeswoman disputes the claim that it took 25 minutes to go through the security check. She says the process only takes workers about 90 seconds, including wait time.