Starbucks Consents To $7.5M Damages Over Shared Tips

Law360, Los Angeles (January 20, 2012, 6:26 PM EST) -- Starbucks Corp. has agreed it owes about $7.5 million for allowing its shift supervisors in Massachusetts to share in employee tip pools that should have only been divvied up among the company's coffeemaking baristas, attorneys for the class of baristas said Friday.

Attorneys representing Starbucks and the baristas agreed earlier this week that the company's shift supervisors had unlawfully taken $7.5 million in tips from March 2005 to March 2008, according to Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan PC, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. The final...
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