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Coffee giant Starbucks has had to shell out a $25.6 million payout to a woman who accuses the company of firing her because she is white.

A New Jersey federal jury decided in favor of employee Shannon Phillips, who was fired in 2019, and who claims that she was a victim of racial bias and discrimination.

Per Fox News:

It took the eight-member panel nearly five hours to award $25 million in punitive damages and $600,000 in compensatory damages to Phillips, determining that her skin color played a decisive role in her termination.

Phillips, who worked for Starbucks for 13 years and oversaw roughly 100 cafes, was fired less than a month after Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson were arrested at a Spruce Street store on April 12, 2018, for refusing to leave a table.

The incident, captured on cellphone video, quickly went viral and Starbucks faced intense scrutiny for the treatment of the Black men, who said they were waiting for a business associate and hadn’t ordered anything when a manager called the Philadelphia police on them. Phillips was not present.

Starbucks argued that she lacked the leadership abilities in a “time of crises.”

But the jury disagreed.

They fired her because she is white, as far as the jury is concerned.

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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.


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