Court: Starbucks must pay Mass. baristas $14.1M over policy on tips

11/14/2012 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has decided that Starbucks must compensate its baristas in Massachusetts with $14.1 million for giving some of their tip money to their shift supervisors. Starbucks had argued that the class-action lawsuit shouldn't be allowed to proceed because some baristas are promoted and have an interest in the policy, but the court rejected that line of thinking. In addition, two similar cases have recently been certified by the Second Circuit.

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