Starbucks faces disability lawsuit
A class action lawsuit has been brought against Starbucks in California, USA over disability discrimination.
The plaintiffs in the case say that the high shop counters discriminate against disabled customers and pose safety risks.
If the plaintiffs are successful Starbucks coffee shops in California could be forced to lower all of their 2000 counters in the state.
United States District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson ruled on Friday 14th June that stores with counters that exceed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) height requirement may need to be moved, due to violations of the ADA and Unruh Civil Rights Act.
Vineet Dubey, the attorney representing the putative class action members, said, "It is an unfortunate reality that it often takes a class action lawsuit to force large-scale violators to address systematic abuses. We hope that Friday's ruling will expedite proceedings and ultimately force Starbucks to immediately lower the beverage pick-up counters at all of its coffee shops."
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