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#1 Feds Sue STARBUCKS for Firing Dwarf...
05-17-2011, 10:56 PM
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(Reuters) - The U.S. government is suing Starbucks Coffee Company for firing a barista in El Paso because she is a dwarf.
When the employee asked for a stool or small stepladder to perform her job, Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day, claiming that she could be a danger to customers and workers, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The commission, which filed the lawsuit on Monday, said that Starbucks violated federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to the employee, who was hired in July 2009 and was fired after three days of training.
"Starbucks has become a virtual icon of modern American culture, appealing to an incredibly diverse customer base," Robert Canino, a commission lawyer in Dallas, said in a statement. "We'd hope that when considering hiring a person with a disability, Starbucks would choose to enhance its brand with the mark of equal opportunity and access."
05-17-2011, 10:59 PM
I'll be darned it wasn't Pittsburgh.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
05-17-2011, 11:08 PM
A lot of companies have a probation period during which you can be let go for any reason - including that the accommodation just didn't work out. If they saw safety issues during training, that would be a reason.
05-18-2011, 01:13 AM
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- Oct 2009
- Southwest Michigan (in Exile)
yep, but of course this is going to require all counters be low enough that Poli can see over them :(
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