Linen Co. Pays $790K To End Ill. Hand Scan Privacy Suit

By Lauraann Wood (January 12, 2021, 7:09 PM EST) -- An Illinois federal judge gave her early blessing Tuesday to a $790,000 settlement between a health care linen provider and a class of employees who accused the company of implementing time-tracking practices that violated their biometric privacy rights.

In a brief remote hearing, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said plaintiff Sonia Lopez-McNear's proposed settlement with Superior Health Linens LLC "looks good" and appears to be "a fair resolution" of claims that the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by scanning, collecting and using her and other Illinois workers' handprints without first obtaining their informed consent.

The settlement contemplates paying...

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