Thursday, June 15, 2023

Starbucks Ordered to pay $25 Million

Remember the Starbucks racial incident? The company is still paying for it:
A former regional manager for Starbucks was awarded $25.6 million on Monday after a federal jury in New Jersey unanimously found that she had been fired because of her race. Shannon Phillips, who is white, received $25 million in punitive damages and $600,000 in compensatory damages. She is reportedly seeking further compensation for lost wages.

Phillips was terminated in 2018 in response to backlash against Starbucks after two black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested while waiting for a business associate at one of the many Philadelphia locations she oversaw. Employees at the Center City Philadelphia cafe called the police on the pair after they asked to use the washroom but hadn't ordered anything.

I think they were following company policy by calling police on someone who refuses to either buy something or leave. Now you can loiter in Starbucks all you want, without buying anything. Not sure if you can use the washroom.

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