Starbucks No Longer Requiring Vaccination for Employees, Cites SCOTUS Ruling

Nick Kangadis | January 19, 2022
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Unlike some companies — we’re looking at you, Carhartt — coffee giant Starbucks eliminated their vaccine requirement for its employees on Tuesday.

In a memo to its roughly 228,000 employees, Starbucks COO John Culver stated the reasoning for the company’s decision was based on last week’s Supreme Court ruling, which blocked President Joe Biden’s edict that would’ve required businesses with over 100 employees to mandate either being vaccinated or getting tested for the Chinese coronavirus regularly.

“We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Culver said in the memo.

This reversal by Starbucks comes just weeks after the company announced that it would “require all employees to be vaccinated,” according to the Associated Press (AP).

The AP also reported that while Culver continued to “strongly encourage” employees get vaccinated in the memo, the requirement will no longer be in effect.