According to a report from ABC News, Walgreens faces a potentially expensive professional liability lawsuit for allegedly firing an employee unlawfully.
The report states that a former Walgreens cashier who suffers from diabetes was fired after eating a bag of the store's chips during an diabetic attack in 2008. The employee later paid for the chips, however, she was fired for her actions.
With the help of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the worker filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming it violated the Americans With Disabilities Act when firing her. The plaintiff had worked at the company for 18 years with a clean record until the incident.
"[The plaintiff] took action to raise her blood sugar in what could have turned into an emergency situation," EEOC regional attorney William Tamayo said in a statement. "Accommodating disability does not have to be expensive, but it may require an employer to be flexible and open-minded. One wonders whether a long-term, experienced employee is worth less than a bag of chips to Walgreens."
The case stresses the importance of companies abiding by industry and federal regulations, lest they find themselves in similar lawsuits.