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Starbucks sued for firing dwarf who required accommodation
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/06/2011

The United States government is suing Starbucks, saying the coffee company fired a barista in El Paso, Texas, because she is a dwarf.

When the employee asked for a stool or small stepladder to perform her job, Starbucks denied the request and fired her that same day, claiming she could be a danger to customers and workers, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The commission, which filed the lawsuit May 16, said Starbucks violated federal law by denying a reasonable accommodation to the employee, who was hired in July 2009 and was fired after three days of training.