Florida Starbucks manager wins class-action status against coffee company

Broward County judge grants class-action wage violations lawsuit against Starbucks.

Fort Lauderdale, FL(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–Broward County Starbucks store manager was granted conditional class action lawsuits status by a Broward County U.S. District Court judge. As reported by The Seattle Times, the Florida Starbucks manager, Ronald Reed, and his employment law attorneys, filed a lawsuit alleging Starbucks violated federal wage laws by not paying overtime to their coffee supervisors.

Worker rights lawyers for the plaintiffs have until May 11, 2008, to provide the court with the names and addresses of Starbucks employees whose federal labor rights were violated. The legal action covers store managers who worked overtime hours from January 15, 2006, to the present and were not paid as required by federal fair wage laws. Starbucks www.Starbucks.com whose company motto, “The bottom line We always figured that putting people before products just made good common sense.” has been repeatedly accused of the opposite. Starbucks, the world’s largest coffeehouse company based in Seattle, Washington, has been a target of issues on fair-trade policies, labor relations, environmental impact, and anti-competitive practices, according to Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org.

Apparently, Starbucks has engaged in unfair labor practices based on recent lawsuits, settlements, and court rulings. A lawsuit involving 900 plaintiffs who were Starbucks employees was settled in Florida last summer for an undisclosed amount. The allegations in last summer’s legal action brought by unpaid workers were similar and covered an earlier time period. Starbucks company executives were ordered by a California court to pay an estimated $100 million in tips and interest to baristas who worked for the coffee chain and were required to share tips with shift managers and supervisors. Starbucks is appealing the California legal decision.

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