Baton Rouge coffee shop to hire only refugee workers

What is it with coffee shops and their desire to selectively hire a certain class of people? Isn’t there a law against this sort of discrimination?

Earlier we learned about Starbucks’ hiring event in San Diego, now a little start-up coffee shop plans to open in Louisiana and hire refugees and political asylees . 

What! no needy Americans looking for jobs in Baton Rouge? 

What happens if some African American or (gasp) white citizen applies for a job? Will their application be rejected?

From the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report:

A new coffee shop that will hire and help refugees has leased a space in the Bayou Duplantier Shopping Center on Lee Drive, near the intersection of Highland Road, with plans to open in early 2018.

Light House Coffee has been in the works for nearly a year and is the brainchild of Amber and Steve Elworth. He is a minister at Chapel on the Campus. Until recently, she was an English instructor at Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge, which is an official refugee resettlement agency of the federal government.

Through her work at Catholic Charities, Amber Elworth came to realize the many challenges refugees and political asylees face as they try to become self sufficient, so she determined to establish a small business that will help them.

“I wanted to create a structure that will enable more people to get involved in helping refugees,” she says. “The needs are overwhelming and no one person can solve even one person’s needs.”

Light House Coffee will serve a variety of coffees and pastries as well as a few light meals. The cafe will hire refugees and asylees to work as baristas, servers and cashiers.

More here.

I don’t think Starbucks’ gimmick has won them many new customers, and if comments to RRW are any gauge, it has lost them a good number.



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