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Starbucks Just Made A Historic Stride To Even Out The Pay Gap

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

April 10 is Equal Pay Day and Starbucks is leading the way in wage equality. The international coffee company announced at a shareholders meeting it has reached the goal and is committed to maintaining 100% pay equality in both gender and race.

Sara Bowen, the leader of the Starbucks Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility team, pointed out one of the ways to level the playing field with pay equality, saying:

One of the most important things to get right is starting pay. If a job candidate comes to Starbucks making 70 or 80 cents on the dollar, and we use that as the basis for her pay at Starbucks, we simply import gender inequality into our own system. Prior salary can be tainted and should not dictate how we pay.

Makes sense to us!