In Chau v. Starbucks Corporation, plaintiff Chau, on behalf of himself and other Starbucks “baristas,” obtained an $86 million court decision against Starbucks Corporation. The court had concluded that Starbucks’s policy permitting shift supervisors to share in tips that customers place in a collective tip box violated California law. Reversing the award, the California court of appeal held that state law allows shift supervisors to share in the proceeds placed in collective tip boxes. The court further explained that employers may not require employees to share a tip given to an individual employee.