A group of Starbucks customers have filed a lawsuit against Starbucks claiming that they were discriminated against because they were deaf. According to the lawsuit, the Starbucks “employees allegedly refused to serve deaf patrons, mocked the way they spoke and attempted to eject them from the premises.”
One patron, Alan Roth, claims that a Starbucks employee “laughed at him in August 2012 and told him he sounded funny.” However, the mocking didn’t end there. According to the lawsuit, the employee allegedly “went around the counter and screamed obscenities at Roth until she was pulled away by other employees.”
In another instance, when a member of a monthly "Deaf Chat Coffee" group tried to order from a Starbucks employee, he was told that “Starbucks does not serve deaf individuals.”
Are the Starbucks Employees in Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act?
The plaintiffs allege that the employees at two of the Starbucks New York locations ridiculed deaf patrons in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you have been the victim of disability discrimination, consult with a Disability Discrimination Attorney. A Disability Discrimination Attorney will help protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for you.
According to Huffington Post, “plaintiffs are also seeking unspecified punitive damages.”
I hope the plaintiff’s get a huge settlement.
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