Fired 65 Year-Old Barista Files Age Discrimination Complaint Against Starbucks
A former Starbucks barista filed an age-discrimination complaint with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, claiming that the coffee company fired her on a pretext last month and then replaced her with two younger workers.
The commission has already heard the complaint by Baltimore resident Margaret S. Hobson, 65, but it has yet to issue a finding, Hobson’s attorney told the Gazette, a local weekly newspaper. A Starbucks spokesperson said Hobson’s allegations are unfounded.
Hobson had worked at Starbucks since 2006. Her manager recently told her she was “slowing down” and asked whether the job had become “too much,” Hobson said.
Shortly afterward, Starbucks fired Hobson, purportedly for allowing a co-worker to go home early, leaving Hobson as the only employee in the store, a violation of Starbucks policy. But many Starbucks employees routinely violate the policy, Hobson said, claiming she was singled out for enforcement because of her age.
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