We live in a world that is more conscious of discrimination in the workplace, however, this discrimination still occurs. One of the less common forms of discrimination in the workplace is known as genetic information discrimination, though it is discrimination all the same. If you believe you are a victim of genetic information discrimination, you must read on and reach out to our seasoned Georgia employment rights attorney to learn more about how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is the purpose of the Genetic Information Discrimination Act of 2008?
Essentially, the Act defines genetic information as any documentation regarding your genetic rests, results of family member’s tests, or the manifestation of a disorder or disease in an employee’s family member. Several businesses and other entities are prohibited from obtaining genetic information from their employees or their family members, and if they do, you may have a claim against them. However, you should understand that there are certain exceptions to this law, including the following:
- If an employer accidentally acquired genetic information, such as through another employee telling the employer.
- If you are applying for or work for certain law enforcement agencies, they may obtain this information in DNA testing.
- If an employer finds genetic information that was available to the general public.
- Employees who use a business’s health services voluntarily may waive their right to protected genetic information from their employer.
- If an employee provides genetic information when requesting to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for a family member who is ill, it is lawful for the employer to review that information.
- If an employee voluntarily submits to a testing or monitoring program to measure any biological impacts that toxic substances present in the workplace may have had, your employer may receive access to your genetic information.
What happens if I believe I am a victim of genetic information discrimination in the workplace?
If you believe that your employer discriminated against you due to your genetic information by any of the following acts, there is a very good chance that you may have a valid claim against him or her:
- Fringe benefits
- Job assignments
All victims of genetic information discrimination must seek legal assistance as soon as possible. We are here to right any of your employer’s wrongs.
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