Prohibiting Genetic Discrimination In Calif.

Law360, New York (October 6, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT) -- On Sept. 6, 2011, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law the California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“CalGINA”), which will take effect on Jan. 1, 2012. CalGINA amends anti-discrimination laws already in effect to prohibit genetic discrimination in areas such as housing, mortgage lending, employment, education and public accommodations.

CalGINA provides broader protections from genetic discrimination than does the federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) of 2008, which is limited to employment and health insurance coverage. In addition, California employees who have experienced genetic discrimination can...
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