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Florida Attorney General files complaint about Starbucks [Video]

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AG Ashley Moody says the coffee chain’s pledge to have a certain percentage of people of color in various roles appear to be “racial quotas”.

LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. — Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is calling for a state investigation of the world’s largest coffee chain, signaling concerns over whether Starbucks’ diversity, equity and inclusion practices are violating state civil rights laws.

She filed a complaint with the Florida Commission on Human Relations Wednesday, where she highlighted Starbucks’ company policies, including a publicly listed pledge to have people of color make up a certain percentage of corporate, retail and manufacturing roles by 2025.

“The Starbucks policies described above appear on their face to be racial quotas. They set specific race-based employment targets,” Moody wrote, saying at a minimum the policies raise “sufficient concerns that the commission should use its investigatory powers to ensure Florida law is being followed.

The call for a probe into Starbucks comes as the state’s …

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