Walgreens Fires Diabetic Employee Over $1.39 Bag Of Chips?

A diabetic employee grabbed a bag of chips to stabilize her blood sugar and paid for them as soon as she could. Walgreens fired her.

Josefina Hernandez, a Walgreens employee of 18 years who has diabetes, felt her blood sugar levels drop on the job one day in September, 2008. The cashier usually kept candy in her pocket to ward off hypoglycemia, but this time she didn’t have any. So she grabbed a bag of chips, which cost $1.39.

She paid for them, she says, as soon as she could leave the register. But the company, which knew about her medical condition, fired her, anyway.

Get the full read by Courtney Rubin at Inc.com.  Now, on the flip side of this I wrote about some really great things that Walgreens was doing with disabled employees at a massive distribution center in Houston.  So I don’t know.  Three sides to most stories I guess.

Posted on September 12, 2011, in Employee Engagement, Talent Management, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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