U.S. sues Starbucks for firing dwarf

This is an interesting case I really want to follow: U.S. sues Starbucks for firing dwarf from barista job.

Several interesting things seem to pop up in what I’ve found so far:

  • US Law (specifically the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)) says if you hire someone with a disability you have to make reasonable accommodations. If those accommodations create an “undue hardship” on the company, the company is exempt.
  • A Starbucks manager hired this girl with a legal disability then fired her 3 days later (reminds me of this article).
  • The girl asked for a stool to help her at work. Starbucks refused to provide one.
  • The US Government (specifically the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)) is the one bringing suit against Starbucks, not the girl.

What is left to be determined is if she was fired because of her disability or not. If so, Starbucks will have to argue that a stool behind the counter was a hardship and/or dangerous.

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