Increasing confusion surrounding rules for tipped employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act and similar state laws—mixed with a transient workforce of millions earning most of their income from tips versus wages—is sparking a steady stream of restaurant industry wage-and-hour lawsuits. Case in point: A California Superior Court judge ordered Starbucks to pay $105 million to a class of approximately 100,000 baristas for improperly requiring them to share tips with employees ...
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