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Starbucks Settles Claim That Sick Time Rule Violated NYC Law


NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks violated New York City’s paid sick leave law by making ailing workers find substitutes or face possible discipline or even firing, officials said Thursday in announcing a settlement with the coffee chain.

The company has changed the policy and agreed to set up a $150,000 restitution fund for employees.

“In New York City, no corporation is above the law,” Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, said in a statement.

An investigation by the city and state Attorney General Letitia James’s office found Starbucks told workers that if they couldn’t get colleagues to fill in during sick time, “corrective action, up to and including termination of employment” could result, officials said.
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