Grounds for complaint? Ashley Moody on offense against Starbucks’ DEI ‘quota system’
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Is a coffee chain part of America's race problem? Hiring quotas concern Florida's 'Top Cop.'

Florida’s Attorney General took to a national radio show hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis to raise concerns about the hiring practices of a certain coffee company.

We’re going to make sure that in Florida, this quota for hiring and programs that cause every employee to determine whether they are the problem based on the color of their skin, whether that violates Florida’s anti discrimination laws, and so the matter will be investigated,” Atorney General Ashley Moody said on the “Sean Hannity Show.”

“I’m proud to report that we are referring the matter officially to the Florida Commission on Human Relations for full investigation of Starbucks and these practices.”

Moody’s take is that “good intentions can swing in the opposite direction.”

“Many of these (diversity, equity and inclusion) policies that have been pushed in corporate America that were meant to address and prevent discrimination are now pushing policies and programs and initiatives that may in fact the unlawful employment practices in fact becoming discriminatory themselves, in fact further dividing racial friction and polarization and society,” Moody added.

Whether Starbucks is responsible for America’s racial divide is a matter of perspective, but by the end of the business day Wednesday, the AG’s Office memorialized the position in a press release.

“According to publicly available policies, Starbucks pledges to achieve Black, Indigenous, and People of Color represented in at least 30% of all corporate levels and 40% of all retail and manufacturing roles by 2025. According to further publicly available policies, Starbucks executives have compensation tied to inclusion and diversity objectives,” the Moody’s Office said.

“The bottom line is hiring practices using race-based quotas are illegal. Starbucks has published publicly available policies that raise sufficient concerns that they are using a quota system, and that compensation is tied to that system. The Florida Commission on Human Relations has a duty to investigate these concerns to ensure that Florida civil rights laws are not violated.”

Per the complaint, the policies “appear on their face to be racial quotas … race-based employment targets.”

“And to the extent Starbucks suggests that these are merely aspirational ‘goals,’ and not quotas, that claim would be hard to square with Starbucks’s decision to tie executive compensation to meeting those targets.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dick Whittaker

    May 23, 2024 at 9:55 am

    Stopped going to Starbucks when they started that stupid “Third Place” years ago.

    • Michael K

      May 23, 2024 at 4:49 pm

      “Third Place” is a common concept used in community development, as ancient as the central plazas and gathering spaces found in cities and towns all over the globe. It’s where people feel welcome, a place where one feels welcome and has a sense of “belonging.”

      • Joe

        May 29, 2024 at 4:26 pm

        Dick Whittaker is frightened by any concept he’s not previously familiar with, like all RepubliQan low-information tools.

  • Ban diversity

    May 23, 2024 at 10:11 am

    Good job ! Keep Floriduh white Ronnie. Oops what is he going to do about Miami ? South Florida. ?? Ban Starbucks, ban books, ban diversity.

    • Dick Whittaker

      May 23, 2024 at 10:26 am

      Keep thinking that. The NAACP told people of color not to come to Florida on vacation. Did they listen? Do they fear the white devil? Hogwash Mr Ban Diversity. Did I use the right pronoun?

      • Joe

        May 29, 2024 at 4:27 pm

        “Mister” isn’t a pronoun, you absolute Foxbrained dolt.

  • My Take

    May 23, 2024 at 11:32 am

    A state awash in drugs and AG Trashly worries about whites not having as many advantages as coffee servers.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 23, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    Ashley Moody, middle name apparently Karen, is now whining about Starbucks? Good Lord.

    The only potential “win” here for AG Karen would be Starbucks exiting the state.

    Maybe, oh, I know! Here’s an idea, formerly a defining Grand Old Party idea: Let the market sort it out.

  • Ocean Joe

    May 23, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    Ashley, do the folks back home know you contributed to Hillary’s campaign? Why don’t you borrow a Prius and go have one of those $10 cups of coffee and complain to the manager that a brown person served you, dear.

  • Michael K

    May 23, 2024 at 4:22 pm

    Perhaps Assly and her boss could learn something about decency, empathy, and compassion – and how to appreciate the rich diversity Florida’s population. Did it ever occur to our authoritarian control freaks that the mostly young people who work at Starbucks and patronize the stores are not a bunch of angry old white people, by and large. If being awake, aware and conscious is now a crime, who’s next on the list?

    If trying to destroy the corporate culture of a successful company is a priority for our AG, she has too much free time on her hands.

    • rick whitaker

      May 23, 2024 at 4:55 pm

      MICHAEL K , your comment was very on spot, thanks. i am conservative, so i make my own coffee and have never been to a starbucks, but i can empathize with them as workers. workers rule, rulers should go to work.

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 23, 2024 at 5:40 pm

    Whoever wrote that headline has to buy coffee for the whole staff at FP for a month.

  • Blog

    May 23, 2024 at 7:25 pm

    I have never seen racial tensions and I am going to make you deliver regardless of incompentcy.or etc.
    I have seen only one race fast food chains with no diversity in it and it ain’t cacacion

  • Blog

    May 23, 2024 at 7:29 pm


  • Moody

    May 24, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    70 percent people of color and 30 percent that other kind we see Moody being Moody

  • tom palmer

    May 24, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    So the issue is too many darkies at Starbucks? Get a job, Ashley.

  • Elvis Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    May 24, 2024 at 7:30 pm

    Good evening Sage Patriots & Dook 4 Brains Leftys,
    Patriots & Dooks, I have tried ☆Butts coffee a few times and found their coffee to taste a lot like Butt. Seriously that “Butt Squeeze” just a’int no good. I’ve tried to jazz it up with their “Butt Flavor Hiding Additaves” …. still tastes a lot like Butt.
    I, Elvis Pitts “Coffee Expert” American must conclude they “Lace Their Brew” with feynantal & Meth to keep those “Dook 4 Brains Leftists” lined up in that drive-thru lane for another “FIX”.
    I am directing our next Attorney General of The United States, Ashley Moody, to take some of that Butt Flavored Evil Brew to the Florida Department of Criminal Law Enforcement [FDLE] for Drug Testing Analysis to get me my $30.76 back that I spent with this business back.
    Thank you America,

  • Simon Wisenstein

    May 24, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    Elvis this is Simon your Professor from college and I tried that coffee too. I have not actually tasted butt before but I’ve smelled it when messing around with my lady friends.
    I knew that coffee reminded me of something but it never clicked in my mind until I read your above post.
    Yep its butt for sure.
    Thanks Elvis its hard not to call you Earl but I respect your transition as long as you still have your weiner and did not get sucked into all that gender stuff.
    Professor Wisenstein

    • Simon Wisenstein

      May 24, 2024 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks Prof,
      Yeah I’ve still got my johnson and thanks to your teachings I’ve become America’s Go To Political Prognastigcator.

  • JD

    May 25, 2024 at 2:09 pm

    Must be nice to f@ck with taxpayer money on stupid sh!t, like the lazy ass govenor using the State Jet to go to a monster truck pull with Tacky-O.

    “It’s not the heat. It’s the stupidity”.

  • 🌞

    May 25, 2024 at 3:56 pm

    Moody better learn you can not heal the world 🌍💪
    She better know she isn’t doing it favors..
    . Garage pickup should be her chores

  • Joe

    May 29, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    America’s biggest stooge of an AG continues to waste her time and Florida’s tax dollars on petty, pointless culture battles.

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