The $1.39 Reasonable Accommodation

September 9th, 2011 by JBWK

The EEOC has sued Walgreens after a diabetic employee was fired for eating a $1.39 bag of chips, which she paid for after her shift ended, to stave off an attack of hypoglycemia. She had worked for Walgreens for 18 years with no disciplinary record.

The EEOC’s position: “Accommodating a disability does not have to be expensive, but it may require an employer to be flexible and open minded.” With the recent ADA Amendments Act and the EEOC’s persistence in filing disability cases, employers need to stay flexible and continually reconsider reasonable accommodations.

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