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NY High Court To Decide Who Can Tap Starbucks' Tip Jars

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's top court will give its two cents on the brewing controversy over Starbucks baristas' tip jars and whether shift supervisors and assistant managers are legally entitled to dip into them.
    
Starbucks' U.S. policy requires pooling tips and distributing them among baristas and shift supervisors, but it excludes managers and assistant managers.
    
The Court of Appeals has been asked to interpret New York's labor law and its definition of an employer's "agent," who is prohibited from tip sharing.
    
The questions come from the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which is currently reviewing a lawsuit filed by baristas who don't want to share tips with their shift supervisors. The court is reviewing another suit filed by assistant managers who want to get in on the cash.
    
One federal judge initially upheld both parts of the policy.

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