$25.6 million in compensation from Starbucks to an employee

$25.6 million in compensation from Starbucks to an employee

$25.6 million in compensation from Starbucks to an employee

An American jury awarded $ 25.6 million in damages in favor of a former Starbucks manager, Shannon Phillips, who sued the company for her dismissal.

Phillips had stated in her lawsuit that she was fired for being white, after 13 years of working at Starbucks, after the arrest of two black men in a branch in 2018.

The story dates back to April 2018, when the two men were asked to leave the café after sitting at a table without asking for anything, but they refused because they were waiting for a co-worker, so the manager of the place requested the police, who took the two men out of the place in handcuffs.

The two men later reached settlement agreements with Starbucks and Philadelphia city authorities, while, according to Phillips, Starbucks demanded that a white employee be suspended and given administrative leave.

Phillips, who at the time supervised the management of cafes, including Philadelphia, added that she refused to stop him due to alleged discriminatory and inaccurate behavior, so the company dismissed her because of her defense of the employee, she said.

In the same vein, Starbucks spokeswoman Jassi Anderson said she was disappointed with the decision and was evaluating her next steps.

She explained that the Philips manager eventually decided to dismiss her because strong leadership was necessary during that period, but she seemed confused and unaware of the seriousness of the situation.

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