Big Trouble May Be Brewing for Starbucks Over Barista Tips
Matthew Hirsch: The Recorder
And you thought a Starbucks latte was expensive.
Plaintiffs in a case against the Seattle-based coffee company are seeking in the neighborhood of $100 million for baristas who say they were forced to share tips with some managers in California stores.
Daniel Nash, a Washington, D.C., partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld who represents Starbucks, declined to comment publicly before the trial concludes.
Going to trial on §17200 claims alone ensures the case will be tried before a judge and not a jury, said Righetti. Sometimes, "it's just simpler to try a case before the court."