Starbucks sued by former employeeMay 18th, 2011 - 11:35 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
El Paso, May 18 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Starbucks has been dragged to court for discriminating against a former employee. The short-sized employee was fired after she asked her employees to provide her with a stool to aid her in her work.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission picked up the issue and sued Starbucks for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC is requesting that the court should reinstate the fired employee and repay lost salaries. The suit also calls on the court to order Starbucks to change its policies so that future discrimination against people with disability is not encouraged.
Starbucks have denied that they discriminate against their disabled employees. The company said they have a policy that strictly prohibits any form of discrimination in the company. The company says they fired the employee in question, Elsa Sallard, after they realized that she posed a danger to other staff and customers of the retail giant.
The incident happened at one of Starbucks shops in El Paso, Texas. Elsa’s account of what happened is that she asked her bosses to provide her with a stool to aid in her job as barista at the shop when she was fired.
The suit was filed at the federal court in El Paso on Monday.
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