5 Tips To Handle Workplace Race Talks Better Than Starbucks

Law360, New York (March 31, 2015, 6:12 PM EDT) -- The recent backlash to Starbucks Corp.'s "Race Together" push to stimulate discussions about racial issues shows how a bungled approach to workplace discussions about hot button topics can expose employers to ridicule and even legal liability.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a letter that while the Race Together initiative is far from over, the "phase" that involved putting the words "Race Together" on cups to catalyze conversation wrapped up on March 22 "as originally planned." But the end of the cup-slogan phase came after a surge of criticism that led to one Starbucks executive temporarily deleting his Twitter account....

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