Paris court says Apple can't make workers stay late to clean the store.
French Apple store employees will no longer be allowed to work late after a Paris court this week banned Apple stores from dishing out night shifts. The AFP reports that French labor laws dictate that workers can only work between 9pm and 6am if they are responsible for maintaining economic activity or providing social services. Apparently, staying late at the Apple Store to tidy up after closing (which sometimes keeps staff in until 11pm) doesn't fall under those terms, and workers unions filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company.
According to the AFP, French courts this week awarded the labor unions €10,000 in damages and warned Apple that any additional infractions could cost the Cupertino-based company €50,000 a pop. Yowza. The ban on nightshifts covers seven French Apple stores, though there are 15 in total in France. The affected stores are include those of the Opéra in Paris Velizy 2 (Velizy-Villacoublay, Yvelines), Parly 2 (The Chesnay, Yvelines), Carré Sénart (Lieusaint, Seine-et-Marne), Val d'Europe (Marne-la-Vallee, Seine-et-Marne), Cape Town 3000 (Nice, Alpes-Maritimes) and Atlantis (Saint Herblain, Loire-Atlantique).
Another ruling on the same issue is expected on April 16.