How Starbucks Reacts to Gay Bias Allegation Critical, New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Says

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The way a business handles a bias allegation in New York has a dramatic effect on the way customers perceive it, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman.

Starbucks said it is investigating claims that three employees harassed an employee because he is gay.

As reported by the New York Daily News, the gay bias incident started after a customer overheard a female manager reprimanding a male employee in a way that made it sound like they didn't like his sexual orientation. The customer then wrote a letter about the discriminatory incident to Starbucks and posted it on her blog. The letter attracted widespread media attention.

The gay bias discrimination controversy centered on the alleged firing or alleged forced resignation of a gay employee at a store in New York. Following the bias allegation, hundreds of customers went on Starbuck’s Facebook page to register their outrage.

“So far Starbucks is handling the incident well by sincerely attending to the bias allegations. Sexual orientation discrimination charges should never be taken lightly,” said Perecman, a New York civil rights violation lawyer with experience protecting the rights of employees who have suffered discrimination and harassment.

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