Court Rules Baristas Don’t Have To Share Tips With Managers

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 26, 2013)--A Starbucks Corp. spokeswoman said Wednesday the coffee chain is pleased that New York's top court agreed that baristas don't have to share their tips with assistant managers.

Spokeswoman Jaime Riley said Starbucks believes customers should be able to reward their baristas and shift supervisors who also serve patrons directly.

The Court of Appeals found that shift supervisors do much of the same work as the coffee servers and therefore get to share in the tips, but also ruled that the company can deny those tips to assistant managers who work full time, receive some benefits and are eligible for bonuses.

Hospitality industry groups say the state court decision will be felt far beyond shops owned by the Seattle-based Starbucks.


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