Starbucks employees across the United States are claiming that the restaurant chain is threatening to strip them of “gender-affirming health care” if they unionize, according to a Tuesday report from Bloomberg.
Last December, a coffee shop in Buffalo, New York, became the first Starbucks store to form a union. Today, over 100 other Starbucks locations have done the same — placing executives on edge.
In a Monday complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board, labor union Workers United said that Starbucks is “threatening employees with loss of benefits” for attempting to collectively bargain. At the Oklahoma location where one employee named Neha Cremin works, the threat allegedly includes “loss of gender-affirming health care for transgender employees.”
Starbucks has covered gender reassignment surgery since 2013. Four years ago,