Starbucks Co. became the latest company to be hit by lawsuits from managers alleging they have been cheated out of overtime pay under California's unique labor laws.
The coffee purveyor, which has positioned itself as a socially responsible corporation, denied any wrongdoing.
The suits, one filed in Los Angeles and another in Oakland, seek to represent an estimated 1,000 current and hundreds of former managers and assistant managers.
The plaintiffs assert the outlet managers spend most of their time making and serving coffee, stocking and cleaning and are therefore ineligible for management exemptions to overtime rules. They demand pay at time and a half for overtime worked over the last four years.