SAN FRANCISCO Drugstore Walgreens has agreed to pay $180,000 to a long-time South San Francisco employee to settle a federal disability discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.
The company fired Josefina Hernandez, who has Type II Diabetes, in 2008 after she ate a $1.39 bag of chips to stabilize her blood sugar level as she suffered a hypoglycemic attack, according to the EEOC.
Hernandez had worked for the company for 18 years.
Commission attorneys said Hernandez didn t have any disciplinary record at work prior to the chips incident, and her employer knew she suffered from diabetes.
She was fired for eating the chips without paying for them.
A security officer, who questioned Hernandez about eating the chips before paying for them, testified he didn t understand or ask for clarification from Hernandez when she responded to his query by writing My sugar low. Not have time, attorneys said.