Wins $25 Million in a Race Discrimination Suit: Former White Starbucks Manager

After two Black males were arrested at a Philadelphia store, a federal jury concluded that the corporation fired a former regional manager because of her color.

The incident sank one of America's most famous brands. In April 2018, two Black guys approached a Starbucks in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square district for a business meeting with a white man who had not yet arrived.

Before ordering, one asked to use the bathroom. He was rejected. They had to leave. An employee phoned the cops when they didn't.

The subsequent arrests, documented in YouTube recordings viewed millions of times, sparked racism charges, protests, and boycott threats.

The company's CEO apologized for the men's treatment. To teach employees about racial bias, Starbucks closed 8,000 outlets.

A federal jury in New Jersey ordered Starbucks to pay $25.6 million to a former regional manager on Monday after finding that the business dismissed her because she was white during the Rittenhouse Square incident.

Starbucks was found to have violated Shannon Phillips' federal civil rights and New Jersey's anti-discrimination legislation, paying her $600,000 in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages.

“She proved by ‘clear and convincing evidence’ that punitive damages were warranted” under New Jersey law, Ms. Phillips' lawyer Laura Carlin Mattiacci said.

A Starbucks spokesperson declined to comment. At the time of the occurrence, Ms. Phillips controlled 100 businesses throughout Philadelphia, South Jersey, Delaware, and sections of Maryland.