NY Starbucks Tip Fight Percolates Beyond Java Giant

By Pete Brush (May 21, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT) -- Restaurateurs say the outcome of a New York high court fight over which Starbucks Corp. workers get tips could subject the state's massive hospitality industry to crippling liability, but plaintiffs' lawyers say bosses really see the battle as an opportunity to cut payrolls by spreading tips to more employees.

The barista battle will come to a head May 28 when the New York State Court of Appeals takes up two lawsuits, including a class action brought by baristas who say shift supervisors should not be able, as "agents" of the Seattle-based coffee chain, to dip into the tip jar.

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