OOPS! In Trying To Foil Trump’s Immigration Policy, Did Starbucks Violate EEOC Law?

Starbucks CEO Howard Schutz thought he could stick it to Trump.

He said Starbucks will now hire 10,000 refugees from certain countries.

Unfortunately, that kind of discrimination appears to be against the law.

USA Today outlines the Starbucks plan:

“Starbucks is joining the companies that say they’ll create jobs in the U.S. — only it’s going to put the emphasis on hiring refugees.

The coffee giant pledged Sunday to hire 10,000 refugees in the 75 countries where it operates over the next five years. CEO Howard Schultz, in a letter to Starbucks workers, said the effort will begin in the U.S. with an emphasis on hiring refugees who have served as interpreters and support personnel for U.S. armed forces abroad. U.S. troops made heavy use of such workers during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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‘We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question,’ Schultz wrote, referring to Trump’s executive order Friday indefinitely barring the admission of refugees from Syria, suspending all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and temporarily halting immigration by people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.  ‘These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past.'”

In singling out refugees for hire, is Starbucks using discriminatory hiring practices as outlined by  the U.S. Governments EEOC Policy?

It looks like it:

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“Under the laws enforced by EEOC, it is illegal to discriminate against someone (applicant or employee) because of that person’s race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to retaliate against a person because he or she complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

The law forbids discrimination in every aspect of employment.”

Looks like Starbucks is breaking the law.

Will the ACLU represent the victims?

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