Starbucks Gets Nosey about Jewelry

22 Aug

Starbucks Gets Nosey about Jewelry
Everyone enjoys complaining about Starbucks, so here's something else you can add to your list of complaints. They are down on jewelry, even when it might be part of an employee's cultural heritage. Now they are being held accountable for their anit-jewelry stance. From CBC told to turn over interview with former Starbucks staffer:

The CBC has been ordered by the B.C. human rights Tribunal to hand over an interview with Benita Singh, one of two Indo-Canadian ex-Starbucks employees who filed human rights complaints against the coffee behemoth after being fired for refusing to remove a nose ring.

Starbucks was granted its request Friday for transcripts of a 2003 CBC interview with Singh, in which she discussed her dismissal from Starbucks and her reasons for wearing a nose ring.

Singh, who was fired from a Vancouver Starbucks outlet in June 2003 and Aisha Syed, who was fired from a Richmond outlet in November 2002 after working there for three years, filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in 2003 alleging the Starbucks policy discriminates against their race, ancestry, place of origin and sex.

[...] The women's lawyer, Lisa Fong, is working on the case pro bono – for free. She said Monday it has taken so long because it was difficult to find an expert willing to provide evidence free of charge that nose rings are an aspect of Indian culture.

The two firings clash with Starbucks' claim that it practices diversity in its human resources policy, said Fong.

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