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Genetic Information Discrimination

Genetic Information Discrimination Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia

Discrimination in the workplace is both unacceptable and unlawful. This applies to many different types of discrimination, including race, color, sexual orientation, and even genetic information. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 prohibits current or prospective employees from being discriminated against in the workplace. If you believe that you are the victim of workplace discrimination due to your genetic information, it is important to take your legal options into consideration. Attorney Ben Barrett has over 30 years of experience proudly representing clients who need assistance with employment law matters, including discrimination. For strong legal representation when it matters most, contact Ben Barrett Law today.

Understanding the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

Genetic information can be defined as “information about an individual’s genetic tests and the genetic tests of an individual’s family members, as well as information about the manifestation of a disease or disorder in an individual’s family members,” according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Businesses and other entities included in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 are not permitted to obtain genetic information. However, there are certain exceptions to this rule, including:

  • Unintentionally acquiring such information, which may happen if an employer overhears an employee discussing an illness that a family member might have
  • Information acquired during health services offered by the business on a voluntary basis
  • Information acquired when an employee requests to take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act to care for a sick family member
  • Information unintentionally acquired through public information, such as information published in the newspaper
  • Information that was acquired through a voluntary monitoring program to measure any biological impacts that toxic substances present in the workplace have on employees
  • Information that was acquired through DNA testing for law enforcement purposes

Prohibited Discrimination of Genetic Information

Employers are not permitted to discriminate against or harass any employees based on their genetic information. This applies to all decisions made by employers, including decisions regarding:

  • Hiring
  • Firing
  • Compensation
  • Job assignments
  • Promotions
  • Training
  • Layoffs
  • Fringe benefits

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The laws regarding genetic information and employment can be confusing. Therefore, it is important to have a legal team on your side that can answer any questions you may have. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in the workplace based on genetic information that was acquired by your employer, it is important to be aware that you may have a claim. Ben Barrett Law can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a charge with the EEOC and can help you navigate any complexities that arise in your pursuit of justice. For more information, please contact Ben Barrett Law today to schedule a consultation.

Our Philosophy

Our firm hand-selects challenging, complex cases that other attorneys won’t touch so we can deliver the highly-personalized attention your case deserves. From consultation to trial, we advocate for employees’ rights, every step of the way.

Our Principle

We base our practice on the principles of service and care. We take the time to truly know each and every client, and we put all of our energy into obtaining the best outcome possible, time and time again.

Our Definition Of Success

We will prosecute your case to the fullest extent possible. If you’ve been wronged by an employer in Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to fight for you.

 
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