Genetic Discrimination Bill Makes Headway

Law360, New York (February 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A bill that would prohibit employers and health insurers from discriminating based on a person’s genetic predisposition has passed the House Education and Labor Committee, and is expected to move easily through Congress.

The bipartisan Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 would make it illegal for employers and insurers to use personal genetic information when deciding whether to hire someone or what type of insurance plan to offer.

The bill, co-sponsored by Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), passed the House committee by a...
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