If Canada does not act to protect genetic data, we could see the rise of genetic discrimination

by jeeg 21. May 2015 23:27
  Earlier this month the Senate Human Rights Committee gutted a bill calling for a law against genetic discrimination in Canada. Instead of protecting Canadians from having their personal genetic information used against them, the bill now simply provides a definition of “disclose&rdqu... [More]

UK moratorium on use of genetic tests by insurers extended

by jeeg 21. January 2015 22:13
  The UK Government and Association of British Insurers (ABI) have agreed to extend their voluntary moratorium on the use of predictive genetic test results by insurers by another two years, to 2019. Originally established in 2001 and periodically reviewed and renewed ever since, the Conc... [More]

Genetic Discrimination Means the Choice Between Life and Life Insurance in Canada

by jeeg 12. December 2014 19:25
Protecting members of our society from discrimination based on the colour of their skin, ethnicity, or ancestry is a fundamental Canadian value. Unfortunately, Canadians across the country currently face real as well as potential future discrimination based on their DNA. Genetic discrimination i... [More]

Protecting Genetic Data- A Primer for Employers

by jeeg 2. July 2014 02:21
    Protecting Genetic Data A growing concern   By Jeremy Gruber, JD   As genetic testing and genetic information become increasingly available, it is critical that   employers have a full understanding of current genetic privacy and nondi... [More]

Anniversary of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by jeeg 21. May 2014 21:53
  Six years ago today on May 21, 2008, then President Bush signed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into law.  Senator Ted Kennedy hailed GINA as the "first civil rights bill of the new century."   GINA represents the first time that Congress has passed... [More]

Fearing Punishment for Bad Genes

by jeeg 8. April 2014 19:03
About 700,000 Americans have had their DNA sequenced, in full or in part, and the number is rising rapidly as costs plummet — to $1,000 or less for a full genome, down from more than $1 million less than a decade ago. But many people are avoiding the tests because of a major omission in the... [More]

Genetic Testing Results In Discrimination For Life Insurance in Australia

by jeeg 3. September 2013 21:45
A case study discusses an example of life insurance discrimination due to genetic test results for cancer predisposition. James (pseudonym), in his early 20s, was denied full life insurance coverage because he revealed that he had discussed genetic testing with a genetic counselor. He was lat... [More]

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]
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