Starbucks sued after firing dwarf

NewsChannel 10

The federal government is suing Starbucks for firing a dwarf who asked for a stool to perform her job as a barista at an El Paso shop.

The suit alleges that the coffee chain fired Elsa Sallard after three days of training because it deemed she would pose a danger to customers and coworkers.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission contends Starbucks' actions violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The agency also seeks lost wages and compensatory damages for Sallard and a court order that the company adopt policies to correct and prevent disability discrimination.

Starbucks said in a statement that their policies provide for equal employment opportunities and strictly prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.