A diabetic cashier working at Dollar General’s store in Tennessee recently prevailed in her lawsuit against the company.
Linda Atkins notified her supervisor that needed to keep some juice near her when she was working the cash register in case of a hypoglycemic attack. Company policy does allow for people with medical needs to keep juice at the register but apparently the supervisor would not allow it. One day, in anticipation of an attack she drank a $1.69 (plus tax) orange juice. She drank it before she paid for it. Once her symptoms had passed, she paid for the juice. This type of incident happened once more during her employment. However, during an investigation into “grazing” at the store, two guilty employees pointed to her. Ms. Atkins admitted it and she was fired even though the company knew it was for medical reasons. The district manager fired her for violating the Dollar store’s “grazing policy.”
A complaint was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The EEOC filed suit on her behalf. A jury found in favor of the diabetic cashier. She was awarded $27,565 in back pay plus $250,000 in compensatory damages.