Combating Genetic Information Discrimination
In the past few years, more laws have emerged protecting against discrimination based on genetic information. Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) now bars employers from discriminating based on genetic information. That means employers cannot fire employees or make other employment decisions based on genetic information.
Nevertheless, it can still occur. An insurer may refuse coverage to an employee who has tested positive for the “breast cancer gene.” An HIV-positive applicant may be denied a job based on health status. These situations still occur.
At the Indianapolis law firm of Stephanie Jane Hahn, Attorney at Law PC, we fight back and help you stand up for your rights. For over two decades, we have worked to protect employees across Indiana from discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
What Is Genetic Information, And How Does Discrimination Occur?
Genetic information can refer to:
- An individual’s own genetic history
- A family member’s genetic information
- Family medical history
Discrimination can occur in many ways. Mainly, employers are prohibited from making employment decisions based on the information. This can mean decisions regarding hiring and firing as well as compensation, promotions and benefits cannot be based on genetic information. Similarly, employers or supervisors cannot harass or retaliate against employees who have filed a charge of discrimination.
Sometimes, an employer’s actions are based on hurtful stereotypes regarding real or perceived disability. Employees with mental health issues or disabilities may find themselves victims of discrimination or harassment. We’re here to put a stop to it and fight back.
We Fight Genetic Information Discrimination
As genetic tests become a larger part of health care screenings, these issues can keep occurring unless headway is made to show employers that this is unlawful and wrong. That’s where an experienced lawyer can help.
Attorney Stephanie Jane Hahn is one of the most recognized and successful employment attorneys in Indiana. We help our clients face discrimination and harassment in the workplace so that we can make it a better place for everyone.