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Starbucks supervisor sues Starbucks for racial discrimination

A former Starbucks supervisor recently revealed on TikTok that he is suing the company for discrimination. He claims his managers failed to protect him from a white client who racially harassed, stalked and attacked him. He turns to TikTok for help amplifying his story.

In the viral TikTok, which has over 31,000 views and was posted Sunday, former Starbucks shift supervisor Dayshawn Rodriguez says a white woman molested him, stabbed him in the chest and called him racial slurs for over nine months while he was working worked at Starbucks.

Rodriguez says he is now suing the giant coffee retail chain over racial discrimination after quitting his job because his managers allegedly failed to ban customers or give them any protections.

“I had filed the right incident reports and spoken to the right people in Starbucks management, but they didn’t do anything. When I decided to tell the customer the next day that she couldn’t come, I got into trouble,” Rodriguez says in the video.

“When my district manager came to sit down and talk to me about it, she told me that maybe I was too sensitive for my job, especially when I feel like the N-word hurts,” says Rodriguez. “Before she even spoke to me, she spoke to the client and decided to stay on the client’s side.”

After allegedly being told not to ban the customer, Rodriguez says his colleagues decided to stop serving the customer too, out of solidarity. However, he says his employees have been reprimanded by Starbucks management in response.

After quitting his job and speaking to the press, Rodriguez said Starbucks decided to permanently ban customers and is investigating the situation. Rodriguez says Starbucks is now trying to silence him.

“Starbucks is trying to enforce an arbitration agreement and supposedly get me to go behind closed doors to talk to them about my case if it’s going to be public,” Rodriguez says. “I feel like Starbucks is trying to take advantage of me in court because there is no media attention and no one is paying attention. So I really need you guys to really share this.”

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Users in the comments section rallied in support of Rodriguez and tagged Starbucks to challenge it.

“Do not give up. All current partners have little to no corporate support against abusive customers,” commented one user.

“@Starbucks shame I can’t believe your organization allows customers to treat your employees like this,” said another.

Rodriguez has attracted hundreds of thousands of views on his TikTok account and has posted various videos about his experiences. A viral video, which received over 74,000 views, shows footage of a statement by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in support of Rodriguez.

This fall, Rodriguez filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which News 12 says has now allowed him to file a lawsuit against Starbucks. There were no further updates on the progress of the lawsuit.

Meanwhile, Starbucks continues to face the heat of workers this year in a mass union campaign that has seen many current and former employees speak out about working conditions. Over 70 stores voted to unionize and over 150 stores petitioned for union elections New York Times.

The Daily Dot emailed Starbucks and Dayshawn Rodriguez for comment.


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*Initial publication: May 23, 2022 at 2:40 p.m. CDT

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