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Starbucks Ex-Store Manager Accuses Company of Systemic Age Bias

Nov. 30, 2021, 4:25 PM

Starbucks Corp. has a culture and pattern or practice of systematically favoring younger employees and job applicants over those age 40 and older, including for store manager vacancies, a proposed federal class lawsuit filed in Atlanta alleges.

Markel Oden, the former store manager of a Starbucks in Roswell, Ga., spearheading the suit, says the widespread age bias cost him his job at age 59. The company replaced him with a worker “believed to be in the age range of 20’s or 30’s” following his July 7 discharge, Oden says.

Oden’s direct supervisor, district manager Jessica Graves, blamed his firing on ...

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