Diabetic Walgreens Worker Fired for Taking Chips

Her blood sugar was low, but chain has zero-tolerance policy
By Luke Kelly-Clyne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2011 4:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – What's worth more: An employee who's worked for 18 years with an unblemished record, or a $1.39 bag of chips? For Walgreens, the latter. Josefina Hernandez, a diabetic employee at a San Francisco Walgreens store, grabbed a bag of chips to boost her blood sugar when she felt a hypoglycemic attack coming on. She paid for the bag later that same day and explained what happened, but Walgreens fired her, citing its zero-tolerance theft policy, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Now the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing on her behalf for back pay and other damages, accusing the chain of discriminating against a disabled worker. "Accommodating disability does not have to be expensive, but it may require an employer to be flexible and open-minded," said an EEOC attorney. (Read more Walgreens stories.)

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