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French Apple stores banned from forcing employees to work late

Seven Apple stores in France banned from working employees late, fined 10,000 euro
By: Charles Gantt | Business, Financial & Legal News | Posted: Mar 13, 2013 1:13 pm

This week a Paris court passed down a ruling that bans seven French Apple stores from forcing its employees to work night shifts. The ruling was in response to a complaint that was filed by several national labor unions against the Cupertino based company.




In addition to the ruling, the court fined Apple 10,000 euro (about $13,000 USD) in damages to the unions who filed the suit. The court said that any additional infraction would cost the company an additional $65,000 in fines per infraction. Apple stores in France on average close at 9PM, but employees are often required to stay until 11PM to finish close out duties such as cleaning the store.


In a statement one of the unions that filed suit said: "We are asking only that the law be respected," Apple is appealing the decision and a higher court in France is expected to pass down its ruling on the case sometime next month. How do you feel about Apple forcing employees to stay an extra few hours to close down the store at the end of the night? Let me know in the comments.


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