Starbucks Loses Bid To Decertify Class In OT Suit

Law360, New York (June 29, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Wednesday denied Starbucks Corp.’s bid to toss hundreds of workers from an overtime class action, saying there were enough similarities between class members to justify keeping them together.

The 720-member nationwide class accuses Starbucks of misclassifying store managers as exempt employees and failing to pay them overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Starbucks had argued that the 715 opt-in plaintiffs were not similarly situated, but U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas said the coffee chain's own testimony...
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