Walgreens reaches settlement with diabetic employee

07/03/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

San Francisco – Walgreens has reached a settlement with a diabetic employee who was fired over eating a bag of chips. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the drug store agreed to pay the employee $180,000 according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which made the announcement on Wednesday.

The worker’s employment was terminated after she ate the chips prior to paying for it as she was reportedly suffering medical symptoms linked to low blood sugar.

The EEOC filed the lawsuit on behalf of the employee three years ago alleging the drug store had been aware of her condition, and violated federal disability laws in firing her over the incident in 2008.

EEOC San Francisco Regional Attorney William Tamayo is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “Not only was this harsh and unfair, but it was illegal.”

Walgreens’ attorney Chris Murray is further quoted as stating of the case outcome, “We are pleased to have reached a resolution that avoids the time and expense of continued litigation for all parties involved.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – San Francisco Legal News

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