Baristas Want Starbucks To Pour Out $32M In Tip Pool Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (December 2, 2011, 3:57 PM EST) -- A class of Starbucks Corp. baristas who successfully sued the coffee giant over a policy that allowed shift supervisors to share in tip pools asked a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday for more than $32 million in damages.

The baristas claim the tip sharing law that Starbucks was found to have violated requires a trebling of damages. Starbucks, which operates more than 150 locations in Massachusetts, should have been aware that its policy was unlawful, the baristas say.

“Starbucks, as a sophisticated and well-established business, had an...
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