The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a case that could determine whether companies such as Amazon.com must pay workers for the time they spend waiting to clear security checks at the end of their work shifts.
The case revolves around workers at Amazon warehouses in Nevada, who had to pass through security checks as part of an anti-theft procedure.
The workers, former temporary employees at Amazon contractor Integrity Staffing Solutions, said they spent nearly 30 minutes some days waiting for the checks. In a 2010 lawsuit, they argued they must be compensated for that time under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruled last April that the workers' suit could go forward, prompting several similar lawsuits against Amazon, the world's largest online retailer, and its third-party warehouse contractors, in federal courts around the country.