The Starbucks Coffee Company has paid $75,000 to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to settle a lawsuit for unlawfully denying a reasonable accommodation to a woman with dwarfism, according to a press release.
The lawsuit was filed by the commission on behalf of Elsa Sallard, who claimed she was fired from her job as a barista because she is a dwarf.
According to a press release from the commission, Sallard told employers during a training that she could use a stool or stepladder to do her job.
"The manager at the El Paso Starbucks location disregarded Sallard's request," the release said. "On the same day that Sallard requested the accommodation, Starbucks terminated her employment, claiming that she would pose a 'danger' to customers and employees."
The first comment nails it.
ADA says to let her use a stool or ladder. OSHA says to remove the stool or ladder so that other employees don't trip over it. Starbucks loses either way because they weren't smart enough to not hire her in the first place. What'll she do next, sue the NBA because they won't let her play center for the Lakers? She can always use a stool or ladder there, can't she?
Every other worker would have had to be wary of the dwarf working in a fast paced starbucks with a stool or ladder that they will have a greater chances of getting injured. EEOC is ridiculous.