In a 2002 case, Starbucks paid $18 million to settle a suit brought by more than 1,000 store managers and assistant managers in California. The settlement shaved 3 cents per share off the company's earnings in the quarter in which it was paid.
Now a California manager is back for round 2. Steve White, who worked at Starbucks in California alleges the company owes him and other managers unpaid wages plus interest and compensation for working "off the clock" and missing meal and rest periods. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is seeking class-action status for thousands of managers who worked at California Starbucks stores over the past four years.
The suit asks for restitution in the form of an hour of pay for each workday that a meal and rest period was not provided, as well as unspecified punitive damages.