Contact Congress- don't approve H.R. 1313 - employees required to provide DNA to employers

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A House Committee has approved a bill, H.R. 1313, that would remove the existing legal protections with respect to genetic testing.  As a result, employers could require employees either to submit to genetic testing or to face penalties.

Currently, the 2008 legislation known as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA for short) prohibits such practices.  HR 1313 states that GINA and other protections do not apply when genetic tests are part of a workplace wellness program.

“What this bill would do is completely take away the protections of existing laws,” said Jennifer Mathis, director of policy and legal advocacy at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, a civil rights group. In particular, privacy and other protections for genetic and health information in GINA and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act “would be pretty much eviscerated,” she said.

Enacting this bill could have an impact that reaches past so-called medical concerns and could have an impact in the area of eugenics.



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