Starbucks Baristas To Get $100M Tip California Baristas Claim Supervisors Shouldn't Have Taken Tips
POSTED: 6:43 am EDT March 21, 2008 UPDATED: 8:48 am EDT March 21, 2008
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego judge has ordered Starbucks to pay its California baristas more than $100 million to cover back tips that the coffee giant had paid to supervisors.
An injunction also prevents the supervisors from sharing in future tips. The judge said the practice violates a state law that prohibits managers and supervisors from sharing in employee tips.
A Starbucks spokesman called the ruling fundamentally unfair and beyond all common sense and reason. The company plans to appeal.
One store employee interviewed commented. "This is worse than the last job I had as a nurse in the circumcision ward at the University Medical Center. Even though the pay was not great, we at least got to keep the tips."
Starbucks employs more than 135,000 baristas in the U.S.
That was a very good ruling. One of the reasons among I left the restaurnt business some years back is because waiters started making "too much money." The restaurant found a way to take a part of it as the contract was passed around to make sure all parties "agreed" to it.
It packaged int he form of a higher hourly wage, but less percentage of tips. I say it was signed under durress because there was no attorney or neutral mediator representing the waiters whose tips were under attack. If there was any dissenteres, it would bring down the wraith and anger of the beneficiaries.
But there was just one of several reasons I got out of the business. When we entered the recession which I believge truly started the week after 911 and is still ongoing, they stopped the practice. But that's only because waiters were coming under heavy attack from the recession itself. I myself was disgusted with it, and I'm ashamed I wsasn't stronger to take a stand and say "NO," this is not right.
But when you are under a boss, people do things they normally wouldn't do. I had to get out and work for myself in a recession proof industry. I'lln ever work for a corporation again unless its contract labor. I'm so in agreement with this ruling. Starbucks needs to punished with the punitive damages they received. Not because its Starbucks but because the tips are for the barristas. Period. It's not for the house.