The Supreme Court has ruled that Amazon warehouse workers are not entitled to be paid for the time they spend standing in line waiting for company security guards to make sure they did not steal anything.

The ruling was unanimous. It means that workers are forced to spend an extra half hour per day at work for no pay. Reuters reports that "Justice Clarence Thomas wrote on behalf of the court that the screening process is not a 'principal activity' of the workers' jobs under a law called the Fair Labor Standards Act and therefore is not subject to compensation."

If you agree with the all-American notion that workers should be paid for the time that their employer requires them to spend at work, then you must agree that the Fair Labor Standards Act needs to be changed, ASAP.

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