Starbucks has announced its intention to violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — but they may not do enough actual hiring to do any actual violating.
Signed into law by Lyndon Johnson, the Civil Rights Act provides the bedrock for equal rights legislation in the US. The self-styled progressive multi-national corporation Starbucks believes that it need not obey the provisions of federal anti-discrimination law.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that in response to President Trump’s “refugee ban,” the chain store would hire “10,000 refugees” in its stores worldwide. Depending on how many refugee hires would result from this vow, it seems scarcely possible without violating the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of “race, religion, sex, color, or national origin.” Extensive hiring in the US would necessitate discrimination against those born here.
However, a mere token hiring in the US would probably keep the multi-national corporation on the right side of the law, if not on the right side of the truth. Starbucks is in the forefront of American “cultural imperialism,” with over 20,000 stores in 72 countries and territories. So hiring fewer than one refugee per every two stores worldwide would let Howard Schultz keep his vow without actually having to hire a single refugee affected by Trump’s 90-day travel moratorium. And this hiring wave will happen “over the next five years” according to the coffee poseur.
So what is virtue-signaling CEO Shultz actually doing for the Poor Refugees™? Absolutely nothing.
Which will free up some time for the next Starbucks CEO –whoever replaces Howard Schultz –to deal with a growing number of employment discrimination suits brought by African Americans, older workers, those with disabilities, etc . . .