Less than four minutes.
That’s how long Starbucks estimates it takes for one of its employees to log out and lock up the store each day at closing.
But former Starbucks shift supervisor Douglas Troester is the lead plaintiff in a class action case now before the California State Supreme Court.
The lawsuit alleges the company should pay him for the time it takes to lock the doors after clocking out at closing.
“This case is, at bottom, about the de minimis doctrine. That’s what the California Supreme Court has taken on and is going to decide,” said attorney Blaine Evanson, an expert on wage-and-hour lawsuits. “If an employee works a couple seconds, or a couple minutes, after his scheduled work time, we’re not going to require the employee to pay the employee for that amount of time, if it’s just practically impossible to record that time, or to track it over time.”
If Troester’s suit is successful, Starbucks argues, it will overturn decades of precedent and open the floodgates of what it calls “absurd” lawsuits.
It will also likely earn Troester’s plaintiffs’ attorney team millions of dollars . . . and, of course, also be one more cost to your morning cup of joe.
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