Starbucks has reached a settlement with an individual with dwarfism who claimed she was fired after requesting assistance to accommodate her disability, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Thursday.
Starbucks will pay $75,000 to Elsa Sallard and will providing training for working with people with disabilities to all managers and supervisory employees at its El Paso, Texas locations.
In July 2009, an El Paso Starbucks hired Sallard for a customer service position. She was fired on her third day of training after requesting a stool or a step ladder to assist with helping customers. The EEOC filed a discrimination lawsuit against the coffee company May 17.
“The (Americans with Disabilities Act) prohibits managers from ignoring reasonable accommodation requests made by qualified persons with disabilities,” said EEOC attorney Joel Clark said in a news release.