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Woman claims sexual harassment, wrongful firing at Starbucks

One former worker at a Starbucks has filed a complaint against the popular coffeehouse, claiming wrongful termination and sexual harassment by employees. It is not legal for a company to allow an environment where sexual harassment can take place, nor is it lawful for employers -- in Texas of elsewhere -- to fire workers for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons. If this takes place, the wronged worker has the right to take the matter to court.

The 27-year-old woman said she was a barista in another state and complained about how her fellow employees harassed her, particularly the male ones. She made this complaint in the form of an email to the company’s district manager. The woman claimed that the workers asked her to have sex with them, showed her photos and videos that were pornographic and fondled her.

In fact, some co-workers asked her if they could touch her buttocks, and they massaged her even though she objected, she claimed. The woman said she was terminated just three weeks after making the complaint. At the time, she was told it was because she requested that another employee work an additional 45 minutes.

The woman said she didn’t believe her complaint was investigated properly. In her suit, she is pursuing an unspecified amount in damages. Starbucks said it takes these types of matters seriously, as sexual harassment is not tolerated. If a person falls victim to sexual harassment or an illegal firing in Texas, it is within his or her right to seek to hold the company accountable through a civil suit.

Source:, "Barista claims Starbucks fired her over sexual harassment complaint against co-workers", Ben Axelson, May 30, 2014

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