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Letter: Workers deserve pay for time spent waiting

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June

The Supreme Court building in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014, following various court decisions. The court ruled on birth control, union fees and other cases. Credit: AP

The Supreme Court recently decided that the time hourly workers must spend after their shifts so they can be checked for theft is not "integral and indispensable" to the employees' duties, and therefore doesn't need to be compensated ["Court: No pay for waiting," News, Dec. 10]. If that's so, then dispense with the unnecessary detention.

This is not a "red" versus "blue" kind of problem. This decision proves that all nine justices are too far removed from the lives of hourly wage workers to be even remotely objective. If forced detention of workers who have committed no crime is not cruel and unusual punishment, what is?

Whoever you are, if you have a normal life expectancy, then every hour of your time on this planet is as irreplaceable as anyone else's. It's a ridiculous notion, and certainly an un-American idea, that any corporation can commandeer someone's time without reasonable compensation.

James Moyssiadis, Mount Sinai