The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) took effect on November 21, 2009. This act prohibits genetic information discrimination in employment matters, including hiring and firing, salary, promotions, assignments, layoffs, training and benefits.

If you believe that you were the victim of genetic discrimination in the workplace, contact the experienced employment lawyers at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C. Please call our Washington, D.C. office at 202.331.9260 for an appointment.

What Is Genetic Information?

In terms of GINA regulations, genetic information includes details about an individual's (and their family members') genetic tests, as well as information about diseases, disorders or conditions. Family medical history is considered part of a person's genetic information because people often use it to judge whether someone is at increased risk for genetic disorders.

How Can Genetic Information Be Used Against You?

Title II of GINA disallows the use of genetic information to make employment decisions. It limits the collection of genetic information by employers and other parties covered by Title II. With limited exceptions, GINA also makes it illegal for an employer to disclose employees' or applicants' genetic information. Employers are required to keep genetic information private and place it in a separate medical file.

Employers are not allowed to use genetic information to make employment decisions because it does not reflect a person's present ability to work. They also may not harass an employee because of their genetic information.

Washington D.C. Genetic Discrimination Attorney

Enforcement of Title II of GINA is handled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Our attorneys understand the complexities of these cases and will fight for your rights. Call 202.331.9260 or send us an e-mail today.