Two black men arrested at Starbucks reach settle with Philadelphia for $1
03 May, 2018, 17:25 | Author: Teresa Adams
"This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city, pain that would've resurfaced over and over again in protracted litigation, which presents significant legal risks and high financial and emotional costs for everyone involved", Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement, according to The Washington Post.
What happened next was captured on videos that have been viewed millions of times on social media. They certainly were requested to depart, and once they did not, law enforcement were called by a member of staff.
The agreement between the parties stems from the arrest of Robinson and Nelson at a Starbucks store in Philadelphia and includes a confidential financial settlement as well as a commitment to continued listening and dialogue between the parties as a means toward developing specific actions and opportunities.
After spending hours in jail, they were released and no charges were filed.
Starbucks chief executive Kevin Johnson said he welcomed the chance to begin a relationship with Nelson and Robinson. The training was provided to almost 175,000 employees across the country, and will become part of the on-boarding process for new employees, whom Starbucks calls partners. The mammoth coffee chain agreed to close its 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States to educate employees about racial bias on May 29.
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"I want to thank Donte and Rashon for their willingness to reconcile", Johnson said in the statement.
Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson claimed in a interview about ABC's "Good Morning America" weekly soon after the arrest they had been awaiting at the Starbucks for a small business meeting between a actual estate job they had been focusing on for months. "What I want is for young men to not be traumatized by this, and instead motivated, inspired".
In its announcement on Wednesday, " Starbucks stated its agreement with Mr. Nelson and Mr. Robinson "will enable both sides to move forwards and keep on to speak and research ways of avoiding similar happenings at any Starbucks place.
As for their Starbucks settlement, in addition to the unknown dollar amount they will be receiving, the company extended the opportunity for them to have their tuition for their bachelor's degrees fully covered through a partnership the chain has with Arizona State University, which consists of an online program created in 2014 for Starbucks employees.
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