The U.S. Supreme Court questioned whether workers at Amazon.comInc. warehouses must be paid for time spent undergoing post-shiftsecurity searches in a case that will shape the power of employersover hourly workers.

Hearing arguments today in Washington, the justices suggestedthey are divided on the workers' contention that federal lawrequires compensation for time spent in security lines. Thehour-long session touched on topics as diverse as Amazon's systemfor counting toothbrushes and a judge who required law clerks tocut his grapefruit.

The justices are considering a suit against a company thatstaffs Amazon's facilities, filed by former workers in two Nevadawarehouses. The case centers on the scope of a federal wagelaw.

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