Diabetic Walgreens clerk fired for eating chips

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2011 2:39 PM
Diabetic Walgreens clerk fired for eating chips

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing the Walgreens drugstore chain on behalf of a diabetic clerk in South San Francisco who was fired for taking a bag of chips to stabilize her blood sugar levels.

The commission alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that Walgreens' decision to terminate Josefina Hernandez after her nearly 18 years of unblemished service to the company constituted discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

According to the suit, Hernandez was working as a cashier in September 2008 when she felt an attack of hypoglycemia coming on. She grabbed a bag of chips, gobbled them down and paid for them as soon as she could the same day.

Walgreens declined to comment.

EEOC attorney William Tamayo tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/qXwjdx) that employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.