(EL PASO, Texas) -- The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Starbucks on behalf of a woman who claims she was fired from the coffee chain because she is a dwarf.
According to the El Paso Times, the lawsuit claims Elsa Sallard was hired as a barista at a Starbucks in El Paso, Texas, in July 2009 and fired three days after requesting a stool or small step ladder to help her prepare beverages. The El Paso Times reports that, according to the lawsuit, Sallard was fired after Starbucks claimed she would be a danger to fellow employees and customers. The lawsuit claims Starbucks failed to provide reasonable accommodations.
Starbucks did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
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