Erik Forman, a barista at a Minneapolis Starbucks who claimed he was fired in July for promoting a union drive, is pouring ventes again after the java giant settled a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint he filed.
Starbucks claimed it fired Forman for three instances of tardiness. The company later rehired him, however, saying his firing was “ill-considered.” The company asked him to withdraw his NLRB complaint, but Forman decided to proceed with it.
The settlement required Starbucks to post a notice for 60 days in the affected store to inform workers that they have a right to join a union. The Seattle chain will also remove records of Forman’s firing from his files and compensate him for lost wages.
“The nicest thing for me is that my reinstatement shows workers they don’t need to be afraid,” Forman told the Associated Press.
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