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Court: Starbucks Baristas Must Split Tips With Supervisors

November 22, 2013

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work, a federal appeals court said Thursday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals based its findings in part on a June ruling by New York State’s highest court that excluded assistant managers from receiving a share of the tips.

Citing the findings by the New York Court of Appeals, the three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit noted that it was undisputed that Starbucks’ shift supervisors spend a majority of time performing the same duties as baristas: serving food and beverages to customers.

Shift supervisors assign baristas to particular duties during their shifts, administer break periods and provide feedback to baristas about their performance. They also can open and close stores, change cash register tills and deposit money in the bank.

But the appeals court said those were limited supervisory duties…

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