The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just filed a class action lawsuit under a relatively new law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The law, known as GINA, prohibits employers from using genetic information like family medical histories in hiring and firing decisions. Employers are also banned from using this information for insurance purposes and cannot deny someone coverage or charge them higher premiums because of it.
The class action suit was filed against a New York nursing home that the EEOC says used medical information questionnaires to discriminate against employees with percieved disabilities. They also denied jobs to pregnant women.