CCRF to Starbucks: Protect Freedom for Employees


TORONTO – In response to CNN reports that Starbucks coffee shops have instituted an employee ban on certain types of jewellery, the Canadian Council for Religious Freedom today contacted the corporation to demand they protect the religious freedom of its workers.

The full text of the letter can be found below.

American Starbucks headquarters responded to media questions, indicating that the recent move was an issue of compliance with U.S. Federal Food & Drug Administration regulations.

Clarification from the Canadian arm of Starbucks is pending.



Text of original letter from the Chair of the Canadian Council for Religious Freedom to Starbucks Canada.

Dear Sir/Madam:

RE: Starbucks Employee Jewellery Policy

As detailed on today’s CNN report, your American parent company has recently brought in a ban on engagement rings worn by employees during work hours.

Could you please indicate whether your company will protect the freedom of employees to wear visible jewellery bearing expressions of their faith, including neck crosses or the Star of David?

We look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Father Geoffrey Korz, Chair
Canadian Council for Religious Freedom