Starbucks Settles Suit Over Dwarf Barista's Firing

Law360, New York (August 18, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp. on Tuesday agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination suit in Texas federal court alleging that the chain fired a dwarf barista who asked for a stepladder.

In addition to paying the woman, Elsa Sallard, Starbucks also agreed to conduct training on federal anti-discrimination laws for its managers in the El Paso, Texas, area, according to a consent decree approved by U.S. District Judge Frank Montalvo.

"The training will include a discussion of the reasonable accommodation of applicants...
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