March 21, 2008 / 12:49 AM / 11 years ago

Court orders Starbucks pay workers $106 million: lawyer

Starbucks merchandise, displaying an updated version of the original Starbucks mermaid logo (front) and including a new coffee roast called the Pike Place Roast, is seen at the Starbucks Annual Shareholders meeting at McCaw Hall in Seattle, March 19, 2008. REUTERS/Marcus R. Donner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A San Diego Superior Court Judge ordered coffee chain Starbucks to pay $87 million plus interest to workers who say that their tips unfairly had been shared with supervisors.

David Lowe, lawyer for the workers, on Thursday said the total including interest amounted to some $106 million.

Starbucks in a statement said it would appeal the judgment, which also required that Starbucks cease letting supervisors share tips.

The ruling by Judge Patricia Cowett covers more than 100,000 current and former workers, known as baristas, who worked for Starbucks in California since late 2000, said Lowe, of firm of Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff.

“Plaintiff class (baristas during the class period) are entitled to restitution against Starbucks in an amount equal to the amount paid out of pooled tips to shift supervisors during the class period,” Cowett wrote in a decision dated March 19.

Reporting by Peter Henderson; Editing by Gary Hill

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