Under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”), it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees or applicants because of genetic information.
WHAT DOES GINA PROHIBIT?
Title II of GINA prohibits the use of genetic information in making employment decisions, restricts employers and other entities covered by Title II (employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management training and apprenticeship programs – referred to as “covered entities”) from requesting, requiring or purchasing genetic information, and strictly limits the disclosure of genetic information.
Under GINA, it also is illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against an applicant or employee for filing a charge of discrimination, participating in a discrimination proceeding (such as a discrimination investigation or lawsuit), or otherwise opposing discrimination.
If you believe that your employer may have violated GINA, please contact a GINA lawyer at Weiner & Sand LLC to discuss your rights.