WAS THE PLANTATION ON THE LOGO A WARNING?
Community Coffee has agreed to settle hiring discrimination findings and pay nearly $200,000 to over 1,100 minority applicants, but claims it did nothing wrong.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program announced Tuesday the Baton Rouge-based company has agreed to settle findings of hiring discrimination against 1,148 rejected minority applicants for the position of barista, a person who makes and serves coffee (as espresso) to the public. Under the terms of the agreement, Community will pay a total of $190,000 in back pay and interest to the applicants.
The agreement settles the department’s allegations that Community Coffee Co. engaged in hiring discrimination against minority applicants in Baton Rouge and New Orleans at its popular CC’s Coffee locations.
In addition to the monetary settlement, the company will hire 49 black, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian/Pacific Islander class members in Baton Rouge and 21 black and Hispanic class members in New Orleans in barista positions.
Insite Question: Was the plantation on CC’s logo a warning of racism? By the way, I grew up watching my parents drink this coffee. It’s disappointing if it’s true. Just to be safe I don’t think I will buy it any more!