government is suing Starbucks Coffee Company for firing a dwarfed barista. U.S.
Apparently the little lady requested the use of a stool to off set her height disadvantage. Starbucks fired her after three days of training claiming that she could be a danger to customers and workers. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said that Starbucks violated federal law by denying reasonable accommodation to the employee.
First off, hats off to Starbucks for giving her an equal opportunity to go through the 3 day trial training period to begin with. If I were a manager, I would have assessed the situation upon first sight and simply tossed the application in the stack of considerations with a, “we’ll call you if we have an opening.”
Or better yet they should have kept little queeny on the payroll by creating a new job title: Customer relations.
Just prop her up in a nice big highchair, as she requested, and set her to the task of greeting customers. It wouldn’t last long, as soon as she grows weary of the tedium and starts calling in sick…fire her like any other Joe who just didn't rise to the occasion.
I mean what next, mandatory hiring of Siamese twins? Remember people, these unfortunate little folk get a nice fat check every month from our government just for being them and it pays more than Starbucks. Oh, and for those who feel compelled to speak for others with “They just want to work like everybody else…”, Right. Does anyone really believe that anyone wants to earn peanuts pouring specific coffee for jerk-off customers? Not me, even if I was the size of Tom Thumb or Thumbelina as the case may be, I’d gladly forgo the blue-collar crap and write a novel or something thank you.
I recall the story of the factory worker who looked Ted Kennedy in the eye and said, “You’re a rich kid, you never worked a day in your life.” And before Kennedy could answer, the worker finished with “You know, you ain’t missed a thing.”
Starbucks acted in good faith and got it in the rear by another opportunistic nobody using our sometimes silly system like a dirty little jack knife. It’s ok, Starbucks will survive and I’ll certainly do my small part to support…just add that $1.00 banana to my order.
Have a nice day