May 30 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. lost a bid to dismiss claims by former store workers who say they should be paid for time spent having their bags searched during security checks.

Not paying workers for the required screenings before they leave stores, which they say takes at least 10 minutes, violates labor laws, four former hourly paid employees alleged in lawsuits filed last year. Apple, which operates more than 250 U.S. retail stores, says the screenings don’t qualify as paid work time because they’re only required when workers choose to bring bags or Apple devices into stores.

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