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Starbucks Must Offer to Rehire Fired Activists, Judge Rules

  • Labor board’s evidence points to discrimination by company
  • Coffee retail chain has denied wrongdoing, defended firings
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Starbucks Corp. has to offer reinstatement to seven fired pro-union employees in Memphis, Tennessee, and must not retaliate against employees who support union organizing, a federal judge ruled.

The firings appear to be illegal in light of evidence the company acted in a discriminatory manner, US District Judge Sheryl Lipman said in an order Thursday.