Starbucks barista tips: appeals court reverses $86 million award

by Walter Olson on June 4, 2009

It does not violate the law for shift supervisors to share in the tip jar, ruled a California court of appeal [Central California Business Times; earlier at Point of Law]

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1 Todd Rogers 06.04.09 at 7:46 am

Perhaps those baristas-supervisors should have considered spilling some of that unnecessarily hot coffee on themselves before filing their claim.

2 Bob Lipton 06.04.09 at 8:29 am

I think the issue of whether fifty bucks worth of tips should be split six or seven ways — which is the issue here — should go to the Hague. And perhaps the Galactic Federation Courts. Expense should never be an objection is pursuit of perfect justice. Particularly when the lawyers are up for one-third of an eighty-six million dollar award on contingency.


3 John Burgess 06.04.09 at 12:44 pm

Todd: I think it was a non-barista-supervisor who filed the suit. His beef was that the semi-supervisors were forcing a seven- instead of six-way split, thus taking money out of his pocket.

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