Peace Corps Hit With Genetic Bias Lawsuit

Law360, Washington (February 10, 2012, 4:49 PM EST) -- A former volunteer sued the Peace Corps in New York federal court on Thursday, accusing the organization of genetic discrimination after it rescinded his sub-Saharan Africa assignment due to an enzyme deficiency that could prevent him from receiving malaria treatment.

The Peace Corps offered Imoite Omulepu a volunteer position in Namibia in April, but when his medical tests came back showing a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, he was told he could not serve in a malaria-endemic region, the complaint says.

The common enzyme deficiency could be associated...
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