A local angle on the $100M Starbucks decision
This ruling against Starbucks
for paying supervisors and managers out of the tip pool is similar to several huge cases that have been won by waiters, bus boys and bartenders in the last few years. I have no sympathy, none whatsoever, for the large corporations that pay their lowest rungs of management so poorly by illegally taking tips from the hourly workers and shifting them up the restaurant food chain.
As of a year ago, there were very similar cases against Cranwell and Canyon Ranch. I assume those stories made the papers when the plaintiff's attorneys fed the info to the press. Since there has been absolutely no follow up, I can only assume that they settled. Lawyers love to play the press.
Is there an enterprising local reporter who can pull up the paper's archives and make a couple of calls to give us the local angle on the "great management tip scam." Just because the parties to the suit are quiet doesn't mean that it is no longer news.