Philadelphia baristas TJ Bussiere and Echo Nowakowska believe Starbucks illegally fired them for trying to organize a union. And after months of investigation, lawyers for the federal government thought the workers had a case. Cases such as theirs, which allege an employer has violated a worker’s legal right to organize, are rarely decided in court as many workers choose to take a settlement. Starbucks offered both Bussiere and Nowakowska a settlement of 50,000 each. However, the workers decided to take the case to trial.
See Juliana Feliciano Reyes , The Philadelphia Inquirer , March 2, 2021