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Fired for Being White? Judge Says Starbucks Ex-Manager Made Case for Reverse Discrimination

By Charles Toutant

“From this evidence, a jury could find pretext because this testimony directly contradicts the reason given by defendant for plaintiff’s termination. Additionally, Starbucks’ lack of documentation is further evidence of pretext,” Slomsky said.

  • A federal judge ruled that a former Starbucks regional manager made a prima facie case that she was fired because she is white.
  • The firing followed the arrests of two Black men who sat in a Starbucks in Philadelphia without ordering anything.
  • The judge rejected the plaintiff’s claim that she suffered retaliation for disputing the suspension of another white manager.

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