In Krottner v. Starbucks Corp., an employee filed a class action against the coffee giant, claiming that the company failed to adequately protect the personal data – including names and Social Security numbers – of approximately 97,000 employees when a Company laptop was stolen from one of its stores. Although Starbucks immediately notified employees of the theft and offered to pay for one year of credit monitoring, the complaint alleged that such practices would not adequately protect employees from identity theft. The complaint also alleged that Starbucks had previously misplaced another laptop which contained the personal information of 60,000 employees. As this case demonstrates, employers must be extremely vigilant in ensuring that confidential employee information is adequately safeguarded.
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Starbucks sued for failing to safeguard employee information
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