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Supreme Court Shows Doubt In Amazon Case

Several Supreme Court justices seem unlikely to order employers to pay workers for time spent waiting to go through anti-theft security checks at the end of their shifts. 

The justices voiced doubts during oral arguments in a case that tests whether existing federal labor laws entitle workers to compensation for routine security measures. 

The case involves two former warehouse workers in Nevada who filled orders for customers of Internet retailer Amazon.com. They say they had to wait up to 25 minutes in security lines at the end of every shift.  A federal appeals court ruled last year the workers deserved to be paid because waiting for security checks had become a part of the job.
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