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Allentown Starbucks employees lose out on perks

Allentown Starbucks employees lose out on perks

While you may have picked up a complimentary coffee at Starbucks in downtown Allentown on Monday, the barista who handed you that sizzling cup of caffeine won't be getting the chance to earn a free bachelor's degree courtesy of the Seattle-based coffee giant. That's because the 1,800-square-foot coffee shop on the first floor of Two City Center at Seventh and Hamilton streets is a Starbucks-licensed store. The nearly 25 employees, despite wearing Starbucks hats and polos, do not work for Starbucks, but for Greenwood Hospitality Group, which operates the Renaissance Hotel across the street. At Starbucks-operated stores, employees who work 20 or more hours per week are...

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