Apple’s appeal to dismiss a class action lawsuit over the Cupertino-based company’s alleged labor code violations in California has been denied.
The lawsuit affects approximately 20,000 former Apple retail and corporate employees in the state and cites Apple for not granting “timely” meal breaks, rest breaks, and final paychecks.
The lawsuit was originally filed by Brandon Felczer and several other former Apple employees in 2011, but was elevated to class action status by the California Superior Court just last July.
Apple then filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
But as reported by PCMag, Apple’s motion for dismissal has been denied by a three-judge panel in the Superior Court last week, on Nov. 26:
“The petition for writ of mandate, informal response, and reply have been read and considered by Justices Nares, McDonald, and O’Rourke. The petition is denied,” stated a filing from the Superior Court of Appeal in San Diego.
Earlier this week, Apple’s appeal to trademark the term “app store,” as it refers to the tech giant’s popular iOS app distribution platform, in Australia has also been dismissed.
Apple is currently involved in a federal court trial for a class action lawsuit accusing the company of violating antitrust laws in its implementation of digital rights management protocols with the early versions of its iPod music player.
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