This barista is feeling burned.
A Starbucks employee is claiming she was denied day without work and compensation — and compelled to return to work — after reportedly suffering second-degree burns on the job.
Julia, who didn’t reveal her last name, recalled the mishap during which she was reportedly hurt in a now-viral TikTok video posted Wednesday by Starbucks Staff United, a corporation that supports Starbucks employees’ efforts to unionize.
Julia, who said she is a shift supervisor, claimed to be handling a “hot” pitcher of water on a Thursday when she unintentionally spilled its contents “throughout” herself, she relayed within the clip. The mishap reportedly left her left foot with second-degree burns, despite wearing “protective shoes,” she said.
“And I needed to return to work straight away,” added Julia, who said she applied her last available amount of “sick time” to give you the option to take one time without work but has “no more to make use of.”
She claimed that an injury “incident report” she allegedly filed with the corporate had gone unanswered on the time the video was recorded — apparently the Monday following the accident — and likewise claimed that her manager had not replied to her texts or calls. “I actually have not seen her since or heard from her,” said Julia.
She also alleged that her injuries had since “worsened” because she was still working.
“I just need some help,” she pleaded, while further claiming, “They’re forcing me principally to work within the condition I’m in — and I can’t even put shoes on.”
A gaggle of “concerned partners” from her workplace — presupposed to be an East Robinson Starbucks location in Buffalo, Recent York — created a GoFundMe page to support her. The shop recently filed for a union vote, in response to the page, which added that Julia was a union organizing committee member. The page further claimed that “Starbucks has engaged in a really public campaign to attempt to force union leaders to quit and we consider this treatment of Julia is a component of this pattern.”
In line with Recent York State law, employers are required to pay for insurance for staff’ compensation cases. Employees can file claims, which should be paid if the “employer or insurance carrier agrees that the injury or illness is work-related.”
Julia’s video didn’t indicate whether she has filed such a claim. She also didn’t indicate whether she had received medical attention for her alleged injuries.
The Post has reached out to Starbucks for comment on the accusations.
News of the alleged incident comes as Starbucks staff in several Recent York cities and nationwide have launched campaigns to unionize stores — and a few company bosses are pushing back about it. Earlier this month, interim CEO Howard Schultz reportedly lashed out at a 25-year-old, pro-union worker at a rally in Long Beach, California, allegedly telling them, “In case you hate Starbucks a lot, why don’t you go elsewhere?”