The Washington Post



A New York City agency

overseeing workplace affairs said on Friday that it sued Starbucks because the coffee chain illegally fired a longtime barista and union organizer shortly after employees in his store voted to join a union. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection called the case on behalf of Austin Locke, a Starbucks employee for 53/ years, the city’s first for 4 violating “just cause” protection­s under a 2017 law meant to protect fast-food workers. A Starbucks spokeswoma­n said the Seattle-based company does not discuss pending litigation, but plans to defend against claims it violated the law.

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