COFFEE giant Starbucks lost a disability discrimination case yesterday after accusing a dyslexic employee of falsifying documents.
An employment tribunal found Meseret Kumulchew was discriminated against after making mistakes due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time.
The Clapham branch supervisor was responsible for measuring and recording the temperature of fridges at specific times.
But when she entered incorrect information, Starbucks management accused her of falsifying documents.
Ms Kumulchew was left feeling suicidal after the cafe downgraded her duties and ordered her to retrain.
“There was a point that I wanted to commit suicide,” she said.
“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 and that’s sort of what made me bounce back.”
In response to the finding, Starbucks conceded it needed “to do more” to ensure disabled employees are supported at work.