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Starbucks has been hit with a complaint from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) saying that it tried to stop some of its New York City employees from unionizing.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the NLRB says that Starbucks fired an employee who “supported and assisted” a union, and “also alleges that the company penalized other employees who supported union activities, and barred store employees from wearing pro-union pins.”

Starbucks spokeswoman Audrey Lincoff told the WSJ, "We do not take action or retaliate against [employees] partners who might be interested in union activities. Discipline and termination policies are applied consistently, without any consideration of their involvement in union activities.”

Lincoff did say that Starbucks has a strict dress code that forbids employees from wearing pins unrelated to Starbucks promotions and programs.
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