A New Jersey court ordered Starbucks to pay an additional $2.7 million to a former employee who successfully sued the company for wrongful termination, claiming she was fired for being White.
In June, a jury had ruled in favor of Shannon Philips, who worked at Starbucks as regional director over the Philadelphia area. It returned a verdict of $25.6 million.
In an order Wednesday, Judge Joel Slomsky said Starbucks has to make the additional payment for damages.
Starbucks did not have a comment about the order Wednesday, but said in June that it was disappointed in the decision. It has gone on to file post-trial motions contesting the June outcome.
Phillips, who worked for Starbucks for about 13 years and managed a region of stores in the area, was fired after the arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks in April 2018, an incident which sparked outrage.