Town Square

Post a New Topic

Starbucks employee files sexual-harassment suit

Original post made on Aug 9, 2013

A Starbucks employee filed a sexual-harassment lawsuit against the company Aug. 7 alleging gender violence, assault and battery against her at the store's University Avenue location in Palo Alto, according to court documents filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 9, 2013, 9:56 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by really, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

Since when is it OK for the media to publish the name of a sexual assault victim?


Posted by lynn, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

This is not right to publish victims name!


Posted by Wondering?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:17 am

Sexual harassement suits happen all the time. How come only a few ever get attention for the Weekly?

If all of the allegations are true--it's not going to stop many people from frequently Starbucks for coffee.


Posted by know better, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2013 at 11:41 am

Innocent until proven guilty!


Posted by Wow, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm

I can't believe the Weekly/Palo Alto Online is now identifying sexual assault victims? How far have you fallen? This decision of yours will discourage other victims from coming forward. You should think about the consequences of your decisions. I saw that the Daily Post didn't identify the victim in their story this morning. The Weekly/Palo Alto Online should be ashamed!


Posted by Shocked, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 9, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I'm shocked you chose to publish the name of the victim and the accused in a civil suit. This is not a criminal preceding as far as I can tell. We're innocent until proven guilty in this country. The Weekly should be careful with Civil suits especially. Anyone can file a civil suit alleging anything.

I could file a civil suit tomorrow saying the Weekly's publisher assaulted me. Would you publish names then? Come on where are your ethics.

[Portion removed.]


Posted by Town Square Moderator, online staff of Palo Alto Online
on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Town Square Moderator is a registered user.

While the plaintiff's name is publicly available in court documents, Palo Alto Online staff has decided to remove it from this post. Thank you for your comments.


Posted by anon, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I'm glad you came to your senses this afternoon and removed the victim's name from your story. But what ever possessed you to think that it was a good idea to publish the name of a sex assault victim. You obviously learned about this lawsuit from reading the Daily Post today, but they had the good sense not to publish her name. Palo Alto Online needs to brush up on its journalism ethics.


Posted by Seriously?, a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

So you all think it's fair to name store manager Ted De la Cruz and not name the plaintiff in this civil suit?

I say name them both, or neither, but not just one.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 9, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Seriously - you don't make the rules. Many years ago, the media chose not to name the alleged adult victims of sex crimes. Now you're suddenly complaining about that?


Posted by Know better, a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

[Post removed.]


Posted by Shocked, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 9, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Both names need to be removed, not just the alleged victim. Innocent until proven guilty.


Posted by Weirdo, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Since when does the media publish the name of the victim but NOT the name of the perp???


Posted by unfortunate, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

What do you expect from a conservative paper that supports banning the homeless from Palo Alto? Compassion?


Posted by Horrified!!!, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Sounds like the victim wants exposure because it's against Starbucks. I agree with the previous comments...all names should be removed to protect the innocent until proven guilty. There are two sides to the story. I've lost respect for Palo Alto Online. You should read the article from the Daily Post as no names were mentioned.


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 10, 2013 at 4:53 pm

This kind of crap goes on in so many ways for people at work.

There is not much you can do about it as a victim except bear it, complain about it or sue Companies say they support their employees, but I think quite honestly they don't know what to do, people tend to do this stuff on their own, so sometimes companies even leverage it.

As a perpetrator you get support from the company and other managers, in fact other workers are brought in sometimes to assist in harassment.

No wonder we don't do much to discourage bullying in schools, after all school is supposed to prepare people for working.

It's three years later and finally this person is doing something about it, better late than never. We should be trying to encourage the best behavior in people, and those who don't get it are the ones who should be in the unemployment line.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

How Bad Policy Happens
By Douglas Moran | 21 comments | 1,508 views

The life of Zarf
By Sally Torbey | 10 comments | 1,152 views

Freshman Blues Don't Mean Wrong College
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 2 comments | 1,030 views

Background and Ideas for the Comp Plan
By Steve Levy | 20 comments | 965 views

When Grandparents Visit
By Cheryl Bac | 4 comments | 866 views