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Genetic nondiscrimination statute challenges employers

Employers may want to get to know a new statute named GINA, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The law went into effect in November and protects employees from discrimination based on genetic information, but an employer also violates GINA by mere “acquisition” of genetic information, including an employee’s family medical history. That means that any employer that monitors employees’ social media sites may be opening itself up to liability.