Labor & Employment
EEOC Sues Starbucks, Alleging Discrimination Against Employee with Dwarfism
Posted May 17, 2011 1:14 PM CST
By Stephanie Francis Ward
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.