Last week a California court ordered Starbucks to pay its California baristas more than $100 million in back tips and interest that the coffee chain paid to shift supervisors. California law prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee gratuities. According to the court's finding, Starbucks illegally took a huge amount of money from the tip pool to pay shift supervisors, rather than paying them directly.
Starbucks spokeswoman Valerie O'Neil said the company planned an immediate appeal of the ruling, calling it "fundamentally unfair and beyond all common sense and reason."
Hat Tip: Wage Law Blog