Starbucks Reaches $3M Settlement In Wage Class Action

Law360, New York (May 13, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. agreed to pay $3 million to resolve a class action filed by workers in California alleging the company denied them required meal breaks and issued inaccurate wage statements, according to documents filed in California federal court Friday.

The agreement would settle a five-year-old suit against the company from workers who alleged that, while company policy officially permitted them to take meal breaks, they were effectively denied off-duty breaks because the company's coffeehouses were always busy and understaffed.

"The parties believe that continued litigation would be protracted, expensive, uncertain and contrary to their best interests," according to Matthew Theriault, the attorney for...

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