Starbucks barista claims she was forced to work after burning herself on the job


This barista feels burned.

A Starbucks employee claims she was denied furlough and compensation – and forced to return to work – after reportedly suffering second-degree burns at work.

Julia, who did not reveal her last name, recalled the mishap in which she was allegedly injured now viral tiktok video Posted Wednesday by Starbucks Workers United, an organization that supports Efforts by Starbucks employees to unionize.

Julia, who said she’s a shift supervisor, claimed to have been handling a “hot” jug of water on a Thursday when she accidentally spilled its contents “everywhere,” she shared in the clip. The mishap reportedly left her left foot with second-degree burns, although she was wearing “protective shoes,” she said.

“And I had to get back to work right away,” added Julia, who said she used her last available “sick time” to take a day off but had “nothing left to use.”

She claimed that an “incident report” of injuries she allegedly filed with the company was unanswered at the time the video was taken – apparently on the Monday after the accident – and also claimed that her manager did not respond to her texts or answered calls. “I haven’t seen or heard from her since,” Julia said.

She also claimed that her injuries have since “worsened” because she was still working.

“I just need some help,” she pleaded, while continuing to claim, “They’re basically forcing me to work in the state I’m in — and I can’t even put shoes on.”

A group of “concerned partners” from her place of work — reportedly an East Robinson Starbucks location in Buffalo, New York — created a GoFundMe page to support her. According to the site, the store recently requested a union vote, adding that Julia is a member of the union’s organizing committee. The site further claimed that “Starbucks engaged in a very public campaign to try to force union leaders to quit, and we believe this treatment of Julia is part of that pattern.”

Under New York State Employer Law have to pay for the insurance for worker compensation cases. Workers can make claims, which must be paid if the “employer or insurance carrier agrees that the injury or illness is work-related”.

Julia’s video does not indicate whether she filed such a lawsuit. She also did not specify whether she had received medical attention for her alleged injuries.

The Post has reached out to Starbucks for comment on the allegations.

News of the alleged incident comes as Starbucks workers in several New York cities and across the country have launched campaigns to unionize stores — and some company bosses are pushing to stop it. Earlier this month, interim CEO Howard Schultz reportedly punched a 25-year-old pro-union employee at a rally in Long Beach, California. supposedly tell them“If you hate Starbucks so much, why don’t you go somewhere else?” Starbucks barista claims she was forced to work after burning herself on the job


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