Apple faces a class-action lawsuit brought by former Apple retail and corporate employees who claim they were denied rest periods and are owed back wages.
The lawsuit, initially filed in 2011 by former Apple store employee Brandon Felczer and other hourly workers, claims they missed meals and rest breaks — and were denied timely payment of their last paychecks.
After years of litigation, the California Superior Court on Tuesday certified the dispute as a class-action suit.
San Diego attorney Tyler J. Belong said the ruling allows his office to represent the interests of approximately 20,000 employees who live in the state in pressing the claims.
Apple, which just reported its quarterly earnings, could not immediately be reached for comment.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.