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Baristas push Starbucks for more equitable parental leave

Nico Walker, left, and Ryan Cervantes deliver petitions advocating for equal parental leave benefits for LGBTQ families to Starbucks executives at the company’s headquarters.

LGBTQ families are among those who suffer because Starbucks store employees don’t get parental leave unless they are a birth mother, say two L.A. baristas who delivered 30,000 signatures to the company.

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