Starbucks Supervisors Can't Share In Tips, Judge Says

Law360, New York (March 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Starbucks Corp. violated Massachusetts law by allowing shift supervisors to share in tip pools with baristas, handing a win to a class of employees who challenged the company’s policy.

Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts adopted an earlier recommendation by a magistrate judge, certifying a class of Starbucks baristas who have worked in the state during the past six years and granting summary judgment on the claim that the company’s tip-sharing policy...
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