Diabetic fired over orange drink gets $277k in court

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In court, the federal jury decided against Dollar General after hearing the rest of the story. The employee ended up drinking a $1.69 drink before paying for it as she was fearing an oncoming attack. Soon after the symptoms passed the woman paid for the drink. When she was asked something about the inventory, the cashier confessed that she drank before buying to Dollar General’s district manager. She was fired for her brazen crime as the woman was considered to have violated one of the chain’s policy rules.

The woman complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). EEOC sued the company after hearing the horrific story. The jury awarded the employee $27,565 in back pay plus another $250,000 in compensatory damages. After hearing the results EEOC General Counsel P. David Lopez had the following to say: “We are very pleased with the jury verdict..It is disappointing, however, that we continue to see cases where employers fail to train their employees on basic requirements under the ADA (American Disability Act). The Commission will continue to carry out its goal of ensuring equal opportunity in the workplace for persons with disabilities.”

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