Starbucks will shell out $75,000 to a Texas woman with dwarfism after she charged that she was denied barista job for being too short, according to a settlement.
Elsa Sallard was training to work as a barista at a Starbucks in El Paso, Texas, in 2009 when she asked for a stool while preparing lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty drinks.
Instead, the coffee colossus handed her some walking papers --- after just three days on the job.
In a lawsuit filed in May, officials from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said: "Starbucks flatly refused to discuss Ms. Sallard’s reasonable request. Instead, they assumed the worst and fired her."
Starbucks defended itself by claiming that Sallard "could pose a danger to customers and employees."
The company agreed to the cash payout on Thursday.
In addition, the company said it would provide extra training to other stores around El Paso.
An attorney for the Commission said in a statement that the settlement "sends the right signal from the corporate office."