Employers Have No Business Seeking Genetic Data, Attys Say

Law360, New York (May 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently launched its first lawsuits against employers under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and more are likely to follow, according to attorneys, who caution companies to halt not only their use, but also their collection of genetic data.

Although GINA has been in effect since 2009, the EEOC didn't formally accuse a company of violating the statute until May 9, when it filed and immediately settled a suit alleging that decorative fabric maker Fabricut Inc. unlawfully asked a job applicant for her family medical history in a post-job-offer medical examination.

The agency quickly followed up...

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