Report: N.Y. appeals court says Starbucks baristas must share tips

Seattle – The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has reportedly ruled that Starbucks baristas must share their tips with supervisors. According to the Associated Press, the ruling supports a lower court finding that baristas at Starbucks must share tips with shift supervisors, since the supervisors do much of the same work as the baristas.

A Starbucks spokesperson said the ruling fair because shift supervisors spend more than 90% of their work time serving customers, while an attorney for the baristas said the decision lets Starbucks unfairly subsidize supervisor pay at the expense of lower-paid employees.

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