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8,000 Starbucks stores close their doors for racial-bias training

Starbucks is out of business for the afternoon. In response to several Starbucks employees being accused of racial profiling customers, the coffee chain decided to close its 8,000 company-owned stores for several hours on May 29 to administer racial-bias training. SEE ALSO: How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America? For...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks will somehow feature rapper Common during its anti-bias training

Starbucks is planning to have multiple special guests appear in a racial bias training video on Tuesday, among them celebrated socially conscious rapper Common.  The chain will be shutting down 8,000 stores on May 29th for an anti-bias training.  SEE ALSO: New Starbucks policy: You don’t need to buy their coffee to sit or use...CONTINUE READING
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New Starbucks policy: You don’t need to buy their coffee to sit or use the bathroom

Starbucks issued a new policy on Saturday: Patrons no longer need to make a purchase to sit in the cafe or use the restrooms. According to the Associated Press, Starbucks executives have claimed the old policies were “loose and ambiguous,” which left the decision on whether or not people could use the bathroom or sit...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks apologizes for racial slur written on Latino customer’s cup

Less than two weeks before Starbucks is set to close its 8,000 company-owned stores for an afternoon of racial-bias training, the company issued yet another apology for a racist incident that occurred in one of its California stores. On Tuesday, at a Starbucks in La Cañada Flintridge, California, a Latino customer named Pedro reportedly had...CONTINUE READING
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Black men arrested at Philadelphia Starbucks got the most inspiring settlement possible

The two men involved in a racial bias incident at Starbucks on April 12 have reached a settlement with the city of Philadelphia today.  Their arrest sparked discussion across the country regarding racial profiling and a promise from Starbucks to close all of its stores on May 29 for mandatory anti-bias training.  SEE ALSO: How...CONTINUE READING
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How can Starbucks ensure its racial-bias training actually helps a divided America?

After a racial incident that garnered national attention last weekend, Starbucks has required racial-bias training for all its employees. This move has the potential to positively impact America, but the company has an uphill climb. Here’s what happened. On April 12 a patron at a Philadelphia Starbucks captured a video of two black men being...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks to close all U.S. stores for an afternoon of racial-bias training

Starbucks announced it plans to close its 8,000 company-owned stores on the afternoon of May 29 to administer racial-bias training to all staff members and employees. The decision comes in response to two recent incidents that raised accusations of racial discrimination exhibited by Starbucks employees.  SEE ALSO: Starbucks faces social media backlash over tepid apology for...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks faces social media backlash over tepid apology for alleged racial profiling

Cell phone video captured a bewildered man at Starbucks this week asking Philadelphia police why they were arresting his two black friends.  Onlookers said there didn’t appear to be a reason for the arrest. The men were simply sitting at the coffee shop, waiting for their business associate — the aforementioned bewildered man — to...CONTINUE READING
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Starbucks claims to have finally closed its gender pay gap in the U.S. Your move, everyone else.

After years of working to achieve 100 percent pay equity among employees of all genders and races, Starbucks claims to have finally done it. On Wednesday, the company announced that employees “performing similar work” in locations across the United States will now be paid equally, regardless of gender or ethnicity.  SEE ALSO: This barista makes...CONTINUE READING
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