Starbucks inexplicably terminated the employment of an employee in a Texas store who suffers from dwarfism, and who had asked for a stepladder as an accommodation. Starbucks refused to permit the employee to use a stepladder or stool to reach the cash register, claiming that it would be a danger to other employees. Instead, it fired her when she made the request.
On May 11th, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Starbucks on behalf of the employee, seeking back pay and front pay (or rehiring), plus punitive damages, claiming a violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”). EEOC v. Starbucks Coffee Co.
(*Credit for this tabloid-like lede goes to Law360’s Richard Vanderford)