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To: Starbucks

Stop Forced Arbitration at Starbucks

Stop Forced Arbitration at Starbucks

Starbucks has a policy of Forced Arbitration. Forced Arbitration takes away your right as an employee to have a lawyer in cases over Sexual Harassment and Discrimination. If you are awarded money in these disputes, the company may require you to sign an agreement to never speak about the incident. This is known as a Non-disclosure agreement.

If you are an employee of Starbucks hired after October of 2014 you have agreed to the terms of Forced Arbitration. Like signing onto Facebook, when you clicked on the terms you lost something, with Facebook it was the right to your data, with Starbucks it was your right to a lawyer.

Forced Arbitration can settle workplace disputes behind closed doors with no ability to appeal. This agreement prevents you from taking your dispute with Starbucks to a courtroom where it would be decided by a jury of your peers. Due process is an American principle.

On February 21, 2019, Google announced it would end the use of Forced Arbitration for its employees.

Why is this important?

On May 29th, 2018 Starbucks closed its doors to give Partners Anti-Bais Training. The Leadership of our company should have shared with Partners that Starbucks had a policy of Forced Arbitration.

The leadership of Starbucks did not see the opportunity in this crisis of rights; they need to follow the example set by Google.

By signing this petition, you agree that Forced Arbitration should not be part of our employment with Starbucks. No employee at any company should be required to waive their right to sue, to participate in a class action lawsuit, or lose their right to appeal.

Thank you.

Tom Troy
15-year Partner, not under Forced Arbitration.


Reasons for signing

  • Every employee deserves a right to be represented by a lawyer in the event of Sexual Harrasment and Discrimination. If forced arbitration continues, perhaps the next thing that could happen is someone who sexually harasses or discriminates another could end up receiving a promotion instead of being terminated which is what should happen!
  • I am being discriminated against because of who I am in a relationship by my fellow partners at the moment.
  • Being sexually harassed at a Statbucks license store at universal studios and they did nothing about it, if it ever happens to me again or to anyone else we should have the right to a lawyer.


2019-03-23 23:59:28 -0400

500 signatures reached

2019-03-23 07:37:39 -0400

100 signatures reached

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50 signatures reached

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25 signatures reached

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10 signatures reached