A former regional manager for Starbucks is suing the company saying she was discriminated against.
Shannon Phillips was fired last year after she called the police two remove to black men who were sitting in her store without making a purchase.
Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested and taken out of the store by police in handcuffs after they refused to leave. The pair said they were waiting for a third person to arrive for a business meeting.
The incident was caught on video and quickly spread across social media leading to massive outrage and allegations that the manager’s decision to call the police was motivated by racism.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci— Melissa “That White Lady” DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
Phillips was fired a month later, and Starbucks held bias training for its employees across the country.
Now Phillips, who patrons of her store described as a “social justice warrior,” says the company fired her to convince people that it was taking the incident seriously and responding correctly, according to court documents obtained by CBS 3 in Philadelphia.
Phillips says she was fired after she defended a white store manager against allegations of racial discrimination and that the company discriminates against white employees, according to her lawsuit.
Starbucks denied Phillips’ claim saying that they are ready to fight her lawsuit in court.
Earlier this year, the coffee chain came under fire after six police officers were asked to leave a store in Arizona on the fourth of July.