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Starbucks Served Venti-Sized Discrimination Lawsuit

 

By Leah Braukman

Twenty-five year old Eli Pierre has only one full arm, but he says he’s never been told there was something he couldn’t do.

That is, until last month, when a San Diego, California Starbucks interviewed and then refused to hire him. Mr. Pierre is now suing the Seattle-based company in California state court alleging discrimination and wrongful failure to hire “despite his capable work history,” in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). He’s also claiming failure to prevent discrimination, to make reasonable accommodations, to engage in the interactive process in violation of FEHA, wrongful failure to hire in violation of public policy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

According to ABC News, Mr. Pierre, a former bartender, claims he wasn’t hired because he is missing half of his left arm, and that throughout his interview, he was told that he wouldn’t be able to work there – besides being teased about a previous job he’s held at Victoria’s Secret. (“Maybe he can help you find the right bra size”, the interviewer allegedly said to another Starbucks employee.)

A spokesperson for the coffeehouse chain contends that Mr. Pierre’s version of the interview is “vastly different” from what actually took place, and that he wasn’t hired because of his qualifications and answers to interview questions.

While ABC and the rest of the media provided plenty of information about Mr. Pierre’s lawsuit, it didn’t size up the strength of his claims. LASIS will.   (more…)

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The Case of the Dangerous Starbucks Tip Jar

By David Krisch

Roger Kreutz was waiting in line at Starbucks when he saw nineteen-year-old Aaron Poisson steal the Starbucks tip jar and run.  Mr. Kreutz decided to chase down the thief and, after a physical altercation outside the store, the thief got into his car and ran over Mr. Kreutz, who, as a result, died from head injuries. Curiously, Mr. Kreutz’s family is suing Starbucks for wrongful death, alleging that Starbucks should have known that leaving tip jars within plain view and easy reach of patrons invited criminal behavior; as a result of this foreseeable criminal behavior, they claim, Mr. Kreutz was killed. The Kreutzes further allege that Starbucks failed to exercise reasonable care in providing security or otherwise guard against the known danger.

HuffPo outlined these facts but didn’t examine the likelihood of success for the Kreutz estate. We will. (more…)

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