Feds Sue Starbucks for Firing Dwarf

Elsa Sallard says she was fired after requesting a stool
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
In this photo take Dec. 3, 2010, a Starbucks logo is displayed.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Starbucks is being sued by none other than the US government. Elsa Sallard claims she was fired three days after she was hired in July 2009 as a barista because she is a dwarf. She reportedly asked to be given a stool or small stepladder to enable her to perform her job, but says Starbucks turned down her request and fired her, claiming "she could pose a danger to customers and employees." Now, in a suit filed Monday, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the coffee giant broke the law by denying a reasonable accommodation to Sallard, reports Reuters.

"We absolutely have a zero-tolerance for discrimination of any kind," countered a Starbucks rep. (Read more Starbucks stories.)

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