Court: Starbucks owes more than $14m to Mass. baristas
A US Court of Appeals panel in Boston upheld a lower court ruling that found Starbucks owes Massachusetts baristas more than $14 million for violating state laws preventing supervisors from sharing in tips pools. Starbucks baristas challenged the Seattle coffee chain’s practice of requiring them to share tips left by customers with shift supervisors, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2008. Last year, a federal judge ruled against Starbucks and the company appealed that decision.