Whole Foods has been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) after they fired a cashier that has a genetic disorder that caused cysts to grow on her kidneys. She had worked at Whole Foods since 2005 and was fired in 2015 after she missed two days of work when she was in the hospital due to her condition. In 2009, she received a kidney transplant to help with the condition.
The woman let Whole Foods know about the two days she needed to miss in advance, and yet the company still fired her. According to the lawsuit, Whole Foods' actions violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the EEOC is seeking back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages for the woman after the actions taken by Whole Foods.