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Lawsuit alleges Starbucks fired Christian barista who refused to wear LGBT 'pride' shirt

Added 11-29-20 07:17:01pm EST - “'...we are fully prepared to present our case in court'” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Lawsuit alleges Starbucks fired Christian barista who refused to wear LGBT 'pride' shirt”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks claiming that she was fired from her barista job because she refused to wear a company t-shirt that promoted LGBT "pride."

According to the lawsuit, Betsy Fresse, a Christian from Newark, was attending a meeting in her manager's office at the Glen Ridge location in June 2019 when she noticed a box of Starbucks-branded "pride" t-shirts, NBC News reported.

Fresse proceeded to ask her manager if she would be required to wear one — which would violate her religious beliefs — and she was allegedly assured that she would not.

But several weeks later, Fresse was contacted by Starbucks' ethics and compliance department about not wanting to wear the shirt. She told the company official that doing so would compromise her religious beliefs. Then, on Aug. 22, 2019, the lawsuit alleges that Fresse was fired because "her comportment was not in compliance with Starbucks' core values."

Fresse has also filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. The government agency, however, said in August that it could not determine whether Starbucks wrongly terminated Fresse by engaging in religious discrimination, according to NJ.com.

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