THE US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that warehouse workers at retail giant Amazon don’t have to be paid for time spent on security checks at the end of their shifts.
The justices made the peculiar determination that the checks were unrelated to their primary job duties.
The Supreme Court reversed a ruling from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which had ruled the screenings should be compensated because they were integral to the job.
But the Supreme Court said the security checks were neither “integral nor indispensable.”
The case was brought by Jesse Busk and Laurie Castro, two former workers at a Nevada Amazon warehouse.
Their lawyer Josh Buck argued that waiting to go through metal detectors and empty their pockets each day was work because their employer required it.
“The well-known idiom that time is money obviously does not apply to working people,” he noted.