United Beats Employees' Biometrics Class Action

By Diana Novak Jones (July 31, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims against United Airlines Inc. brought by a proposed class of employees under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, saying the claims are preempted by a collective bargaining agreement and don't go beyond a surface-level statutory violation.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall granted United's motion to dismiss the employees' suit claiming the airline's use of a fingerprint-based timekeeping system violates the Illinois privacy law. The judge agreed with the airline that the Railway Labor Act requires the dispute to be resolved in arbitration because it involves interpretation of the workers' collective bargaining agreement....

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