Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Now That You Can't - DNA Testing - A Reason For Doing It

Discrimination on the basis of genetic testing has been kicking around both in Texas where it has passed, see here and in Congress in the form of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 which has passed the House and is pending in the Senate. Although aware of the legislation, I hadn't followed it all that closely, in large part because I didn't understand exactly what employers would want to be doing that would run afoul of the ban.

But the good folks over at Workers Comp Insider have fortunately at least begun my education with their post, Brave new world: genetic testing and workers compensation. It will be interesting to see how the technology develops.

But clearly the laws, including the Texas version which prohibits discrimination for the refusal to take a test, will be an impediment.

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