Supreme Court to hear Amazon warehouse security, wages case

The Seattle TimesMarch 4, 2014 

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case in which Amazon.com warehouse workers are seeking compensation for the time they must wait to go through security screening at the end of their shifts.

Former employees of Integrity Staffing Solutions, which provides temporary workers for Amazon, say they spent nearly 30 minutes some days passing through security checks. Amazon requires everyone entering and leaving its warehouses to pass through the security screens to prevent theft.

The workers filed the suit, Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc v. Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, in 2010. They argued that the federal Fair Labor Standards Act required Integrity to pay them for activities that are “integral and indispensable” to an employee’s job.

The Supreme Court is reviewing a federal appeals court decision that allowed that lawsuit to proceed.

Neither Amazon nor the attorney for Integrity responded immediately with comment.

The case could have implications beyond Amazon.

In November, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, among others, filed an amicus brief urging the court to review the lower court’s decision.

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