One-armed man sues Starbucks for not hiring him

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista.

Eli Pierre sued the company in San Diego two weeks ago for unspecified damages.

Pierre says that during a
Feb. 1 interview for a San Diego job, the store manager told him that
the coffee flavoring syrups were placed high up and a one-armed man
couldn't work there.

The discrimination suit
claims that the former bartender was capable of doing the job but was
never given a chance to fully explain his capabilities or possible
accommodation as required under state law.

Starbucks says it employs
many disabled persons and Pierre's disability wouldn't disqualify him.
The company says his application was thoughtfully considered and
disputes his version of the interview.

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