A U.S. Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling saying that a company policy violated state laws.
Starbucks owes baristas across Massachusetts more than $14 million for “violating state laws preventing supervisors from sharing in tips pools,” reported The Boston Globe. A U.S. Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court ruling on the issue in which “Starbucks baristas challenged the Seattle coffee chain’s practice of requiring them to share tips with shift supervisors, according to a class-action lawsuit filed in 2008,” reported The Globe. The ruling reportedly affects about 11,000 baristas who worked in Starbucks between 2005 and 2011. The coffee shop chain operates two stores in Peabody: one inside the Northshore Mall and the other on Route 114.
The recall is because of potentially-contaminated peanut butter sold in Starbucks Protein Bistro Boxes.
Starbucks and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have announced that Protein Bistro Boxes sold at Starbucks cafes in nearly 20 states are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. "Peanuts associated with the Sunland, Inc. recall were used in the production of certain lots of Justin's Honey Peanut Butter squeeze pack product and have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella," says the FDA. That particular peanut butter product is contained within a Protein Bistro Box at Starbucks. Flying Food Group, which distributes the product to Starbucks, is voluntarily recalling Protein Bistro Boxes with "Enjoy By" dates of Aug. 10, 2012 to Oct. 6, 2012, which includes half-ounce single-serve squeeze packs of the peanut …