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EEOC Sues Starbucks, Alleging Discrimination Against Employee with Dwarfism

Posted May 17, 2011 2:14 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Starbucks fired an employee with dwarfism after refusing to provide her with a stool or stepladder, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged in a lawsuit filed yesterday against the coffee giant.

According to a statement from the EEOC, Elsa Sallard asked for a reasonable accommodation to help her fix drinks and serve customers shortly after being hired as a barista at an El Paso, Texas, Starbucks. On the same day Sallard requested the accommodation, according to the statement, Starbucks terminated her employment, claiming that she could pose a danger to customers and employees.

Starbucks said in a statement that its policies provide equal employment opportunities and prohibit disability discrimination, the Associated Press reports.

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