EEOC Settles 1st-Ever Genetic Bias Lawsuit

By Abigail Rubenstein (May 9, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday filed and then settled its first complaint ever alleging genetic discrimination, accusing Fabricut Inc. of unlawfully asking a job applicant for her family medical history in a post-job offer medical examination.

The agency filed suit in Oklahoma federal court accusing Fabricut, one of the world's largest distributors of decorative fabrics, of violating the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act. At the same time, it filed a consent decree that, if approved by the court, will resolve the claims for $50,000.

The lawsuit marks the first time the agency has...

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