Controversy over Starbucks baristas’ tip jars

Posted at 12:22 PM, May 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-29 12:26:15-04

New York’s top court will give its two cents into the controversy over Starbucks baristas‘ tip jars: whether shift supervisors and assistant managers are legally entitled to dip into them. That’s according to a report from CBS News in New York.

The Court of Appeals was asked by a federal court to interpret New York’s labor law and its definition of an employer’s “agent,” who is prohibited from tip sharing. Here is the breakdown, according to the report:

“On one side are low-level baristas who serve customers and share tips weekly based on hours worked. On the other side are assistant managers who don’t get any gratuities and want some. In between are shift supervisors with limited management responsibilities who serve customers and also share tips.”

What do you think – who should be receiving tips?

We are talking about this today at 5:30 on NewsChannel 3.