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How letting an employee drink juice on the job could’ve saved this company $700K

August 10, 2018

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Most employers would be happy to deal with an accommodation request that was as simple as keeping a bottle of juice nearby.

But one company refused to bend its rules about eating or drinking on the job, resulting in a costly legal battle and payout.

No juice allowed

Linda Atkins, a type II diabetic, was a cashier at a Tennessee Dollar General. Because of her condition, when Atkins’ blood sugar got too low, she’d have to quickly consume sugar in order to prevent passing out or seizing.

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