According to the San Francisco Gate, Starbucks is facing a class action lawsuit filed in Santa Clara Superior Court alleging the coffee chain giant systematically failed to record and pay baristas for minimum wages, wages for all hours worked and overtime wages, which is in violation of California overtime laws. The lawsuit alleges that Starbucks intentionally and unlawfully failed to pay the baristas for compensable training time which was spent reviewing, memorizing and completing Starbucks’ training materials.
California overtime laws say that employers are required to pay employees overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of eight hours in a single workday or forty hours in a workweek. The law requires California companies to pay hourly employees for all mandated training. Employees are entitled to receive compensation for the time it takes to complete quizzes or other training off the clock by an employer.
The wage and overtime lawsuit alleges that Starbucks failed to properly compensate employees for training time, including time spent reviewing, memorizing and completing training material, and for completing written quizzes away from Starbucks’ retail store locations.
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