Gamestop Facing Class-Action Suit Over Treating Employees Like Criminals
Gamestop is already notorious for the way they constantly strive to rip their customers off. That they suck is not a state secret, in other words. So it probably won’t surprise you to know that all the effort Gamestop puts into creating the worst possible customer experience is doubly-spent on making sure their own employees know they’re nothing but serfs.
Case in point, apparently all Gamestop employees are subjected to invasive security checks whenever they take breaks or end their shifts. But adding insult to injury: They aren’t paid for the time spent being violated for the privilege of earning minimum wage. Yep, you read that right. The average Gamestop employee must clock out entirely, and then subject themselves to corporate police-state tactics, which means wasted break time and a delay in getting the hell out of the store when the work day is done.
That’s utterly classless, but luckily, it also might be illegal! California law requires that employers must provide workers with one half-hour food break for every five hours worked, plus one 10 minute break every four hours. Subjecting hourly workers to unpaid humiliation sounds suspiciously afoul of that law, and a former gamestop employee has filed a class-action suit against the chain over the practice of. The class includes current and former hourly workers employed on or after June 21, 2010.
Sadly for those of us who oppose the growing corporate police state that believes nothing workers do is outside the bounds of their employer’s oversight – unless of course you’re at the top of the pyramid, in which case you’ll never be frisked or drug tested, probably for the best since the absolute worst theft in American business never ever ever involves people at the top – the case doesn’t call the practice of frisking hourly workers into question. But even if they simply get Gamestop to pay workers when they’re ritually depriving them of privacy, it’ll be a victory for workers everywhere.
In fact, how much do you want to bet that, should Gamestop lose and have to pay workers for the time spent frisking them, they’ll end the practice?