Court rules Starbucks baristas must split tips with management - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Court rules Starbucks baristas must split tips with management

SPOKANE, Wash. - Starbucks baristas won't be keeping the change.

A California appeals court has overturned a ruling that ordered Starbucks to pay millions of dollars to workers who had been forced to share their tips with supervisors.

The court ruled that the supervisors "essentially perform the same job as baristas" working under them and should get a cut of gratuities.

A former barista filed the class-action lawsuit in 2004.

Last year a judge awarded Starbucks employees $86 million in restitution, along with another $20 million in interest.

Attorneys representing the baristas say they plan to appeal the latest decision.

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