Should Bosses Have Access to Workers' Genetic-Test Results?

by jeeg 24. July 2013 01:01
Genetic testing is becoming a cornerstone of modern medicine—used to measure the likelihood of developing diseases from cancer to mental illness.  Employers increasingly are running up against a federal law that governs how genetic information can be used. Pictured, a DNA sample in... [More]

Fabricut to Pay $50,000 to Settle EEOC Disability and Genetic Information Discrimination Lawsuit

by jeeg 14. May 2013 02:13
Federal Agency Files First Suit Enforcing Genetic Discrimination Law Against Fabric Distributor That Requested Family Medical History, Refused to Hire Woman   TULSA, Okla. - Fabricut, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of decorative fabrics, will pay $50,000 and furnish other... [More]

Mutant Discrimination: GINA, Genetics and How Professor Xavier is Breaking the Law

by jeeg 1. April 2013 21:27
Previous posts here at Law and the Multiverse have discussed the status of mutants under several of our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, including the applicability of constitutional protections afforded by the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses of the 14th amendment and statutory prot... [More]

Employers should prepare now for potential GINA litigation

by jeeg 25. February 2013 18:34
Employers can prepare themselves for the expected time when the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act of 2008 becomes a focus of litigation, experts say.   One way to avoid potential litigation related to GINA is for employers to “use the safe harbor language whenever they send an... [More]

Arrivederci, GINA

by jeeg 5. February 2013 00:36
Yaniv Erlich, Ph.D., and his research team at the Whitehead Institute hoped to start a conversation when they published their study in Science showing that all they needed to identify nearly 50 individuals who had submitted personal genetic material for genomic studies was just a computer, an ... [More]

It's Legal For Some Insurers To Discriminate Based On Genes

by jeeg 22. January 2013 02:52
Getting the results of a genetic test can be a bit like opening Pandora's box. You might learn something useful or interesting, or you might learn that you're likely to develop an incurable disease later on in life.   There's a federal law that's supposed to protect people from having t... [More]

Can You Be Fired for Your Genes?

by jeeg 22. February 2012 00:16
In 2010, Pamela Fink, an employee of a Connecticut energy company, made a new kind of discrimination claim: she charged that she had been fired because she carries genes that predispose her to cancer. Fink quickly became the public face for the cutting edge of civil rights: genetic discriminat... [More]

EEOC proposes records rule on Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by jeeg 14. June 2011 01:13
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule under which employers would be required to maintain all relevant employment and personnel records until any charge filed under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act is resolved. The 2008 law prohibits employment discri... [More]

Genetic tests moratorium for UK insurance renewed again

by jeeg 6. May 2011 23:45
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has announced another extension of an existing moratorium on the use of genetic test results for insurance purposes.  First established in 2001, the agreement between the ABI with the UK Department of Health means that individuals are n... [More]


by jeeg 1. March 2011 21:07
VERMONT JOINS CALIFORNIA AND MASSACHUSETTS ADVANCING GENETIC PRIVACY EFFORTS   Vermont has become the third state in 2011 to introduce genetic privacy legislation- following on the heels of legislative action in first Massachusetts and then California. Each of these individual measures ... [More]
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