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(Scroll down for video) Dollar General was slapped with a lawsuit for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by firing an employee who drank orange juice during an emergency, according to court documents in Tennessee.
Now, a jury at the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, awarded Linda K. Atkins $277,000 for the discrimination.
Atkins was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages and $27,565 in back wages.
The court was told that Atkins is an insulin-dependent diabetic who revealed her condition when she was hired as an employee at Dollar General.
One day, while at the cash register, Atkins felt hypoglycemia coming on.
In order to avoid leaving the cash register, Atkins grabbed a bottle of orange juice from store and consumed it to stabilize her blood sugar level.
She then paid for the bottle. Several months later, she had another attack. Considering it as an emergency, Atkins grabbed a bottle of orange juice from the store and drank it.
She paid $1.69 for the bottle of juice. Atkins was then fired for consuming products before paying for them.