Judge Backs Starbucks' $3M Meal Break Settlement

Law360, Los Angeles (June 10, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT) -- After more than four years of litigation, a California federal judge on Monday preliminarily approved a $3 million settlement of a wage-and-hour class action alleging Starbucks Corp. effectively denied California workers off-duty breaks because its coffeehouses were always busy and understaffed.

U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess granted the plaintiffs' unopposed motion for preliminary approval of a settlement that, according to court papers, was “the culmination of years of arduous litigation of novel and developing issues.” Summer York, a former barista and shift supervisor, originally filed...
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