Starbucks Escapes Barista Suit Over Closing-Time Wages

Law360, New York (March 10, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A California federal court tossed out a putative class action Friday that alleged Starbucks Corp. did not pay its employees adequately for closing its stores, saying the minutes baristas spent conducting closing procedures after clocking out was too minimal to warrant the coffee giant's payment of unpaid wages.

In total, lead plaintiff Douglas Troester said in his complaint, Starbucks denied him about 13 hours worth of wages, or $103, for the time spent closing the store after clocking out. Starbucks said in its motion for summary...
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