updated 09:24 am EDT, Wed March 13, 2013
Practice violates French law
Apple France must pay labor unions €10,000 ($13,000) in fines for regularly forcing retail employees to work after 9PM, a Parisian court has ruled. Agence France-Presse adds that for every subsequent violation, Apple will have to pay 50,000 euros ($65,000). Under French law, demanding work between 9PM and 6AM is reserved for exceptional cases, and requires special justification.
Apple Stores commonly close to the public at 9PM, but it's noted that Apple often makes workers stay an extra two hours for cleanup and next-day preparations. In arguing against the ruling, Apple has claimed that after-hours work is not unusual, and that it hasn't done anything wrong.
Several French Apple Stores are affected in the ruling, including l'Opéra in Paris, Parly 2 in Le Chesnay, Carré Sénart in Lieusaint, Val d'Europe in Marne-la-Vallée, CAP 3000 in Nice, and Atlantis in Saint Herblain. The court is expected to hand down another ruling on April 16.