Dyslexic Starbucks supervisor demoted after making mistakes with paperwork wins disability discrimination claim
Starbucks has lost a disability discrimination case brought by a severely dyslexic supervisor who kept making mistakes with paperwork reports the Daily Mail.
Meseret Kumulchew, who struggles with reading, writing and telling the time, was accused of falsifying documents at the coffee giant's Clapham branch.
Ms Kumulchew was given reduced duties and told to retrain after failing to correctly take the temperature of the water and fridges at regular intervals and record the results.
Starbucks said the errors amounted to fraud, which she successfully claimed was a form of disability discrimination.
She told the BBC: 'There was a point that I wanted to commit suicide. I am not a fraud. The name fraud itself shouldn't exist for me. It's quite serious. I nearly ended my life. But I had to think of my kids. I know I'm not a fraud. I just made a mistake'.
Ms Kumulchew claims she does not want 'special treatment' but admits she wasn't afforded the help needed to carry out her supervisor duties.
In a message to Starbucks she said: 'I'll struggle, but don't worry, help me and I'll get there in my own time.
'I'm not going to affect your business, because for every customer I'll roll out the red carpet. I love my job. Giving them a coffee may not be a big deal, but I'm making their life, for the day at least, happy'.