New York Civil Rights Violation Lawyer Applauds Settlement of Disability Discrimination Lawsuit by Starbucks

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New York civil rights lawyer David Perecman comments on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit against Starbucks alleging disability discrimination related to dwarfism.

According to the New York Daily News, Starbucks is settling a disability discrimination lawsuit for $75,000 with an employee of short stature, Elsa Sallard.

The disability discrimination lawsuit, filed in federal court in Texas, claims that Sallard requested the use of a stool or small step ladder as a “reasonable accommodation” to enable her to perform the essential functions of her job at a Starbucks in El Paso, Texas.

According to the disability discrimination lawsuit, after requesting this “reasonable accommodation," Starbucks management "ignored” Sallard and failed to provide the step ladder. Instead, the barista was fired on the same day she requested the accommodation. Starbucks claimed that she "could pose a danger to customers and employees.

In a news release on the discrimination lawsuit, officials from the EEOC said: "Starbucks flatly refused to discuss Ms. Sallard’s reasonable request. Instead, they assumed the worst and fired her.”

According to EEOC, Starbucks violated federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to the employee. Because Starbucks failed to grant Sallard’s reasonable request, they had deprived her of the opportunity to successfully perform her job.

“Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to make ‘reasonable accommodations’ to qualified individuals with disabilities as long as this does not pose an undue hardship,” said New York civil rights violation lawyer Perecman, a civil rights violation lawyer in New York for over 30 years and founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s civil rights violation law firms.

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