The pharmacy chain has agreed to make the payment of the staggering sum in an effort to avoid an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The case surrounds their termination of an employee who ate the Chips without paying for them.
The now former employee said she took the $1.39 bag of chips off the shelf and ate them because her blood sugar was low and she was trying to stabilize herself to avoid a hypoglycemic attack.
The EEOC claimed that Walgreens knew about the employee’s Type II diabetes, but she was terminated anyway. The payment includes both emotional distress and lost wages for the former employee, and the company will also update its policies and provide additional training to staff regarding compliance with the ADA.
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