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Starbucks sued for firing woman because she was a dwarf

Elsa Sallard asked for a stool to stand on – and was promptly fired, the suit claims.

THE US government is taking a lawsuit against the Starbucks coffee company for firing a barista after three days – because she was a dwarf.

Reuters reports that when Elsa Sallard asked for a stool or stepladder to stand on, the company fired her, just three days after she had started her training at a Starbucks in El Paso, Texas.

The US Equal Employment Commission Lawyer, Robert Canino, said:

Starbucks has become a virtual icon of modern American culture…We’d hope that when considering hiring a person with a disability, Starbucks would choose to enhance its brand with the mark of equal opportunity and access.

In a statement, Starbucks told the El Paso Times that it had a policy of “zero tolderance” for workplace discrimination.

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