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Continued: NY court: Starbucks baristas must share tips with shift supervisors but not assistant managers

  • Article by: MICHAEL GORMLEY , Associated Press
  • Last update: June 26, 2013 - 9:20 PM

"But an employee granted meaningful authority or control over subordinates can no longer be considered similar to waiters and busboys ... and, consequently, is not eligible to participate in a tip pool," she wrote.

The state court didn't issue a final decision but instead issued an advisory opinion to a federal court handling the cases. The federal court had asked for the state court's view.

Starbucks has nearly 18,000 retail stores in 60 countries. In April, it reported $3.6 billion in quarterly revenue.

It had 413 company-owned stores in New York at the end of its last fiscal year. Company spokesman Zack Hutson said the tip policy is applied consistently across the U.S. but not globally because laws differ in other countries.

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