A California appeals court has reversed a ruling that forced Starbucks to pay more than $100 million in restitution for allowing shift supervisors to share baristas’ tips. The original ruling had been instigated by a barista who complained that shift supervisors were illegally receiving tips. The appeals court overturned the 2004 decision concluding that shift supervisors perform essentially the same job as baristas. Consequently, they are entitled to receive tips. David Lowe, a lawyer for the baristas said they will be taking the issue to the California Supreme Court.
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