The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is the newest anti-discrimination act, drafted in 2008, to protect individuals from employment on the basis of genetics. Employment agencies are forbidden from inquiring about, requesting, or purchasing information about the applicant and his or her family’s past genetic history. There are a few very limited exceptions not covered by GINA, including when the information was encountered in a public sphere, such as a newspaper.
If you believe you are being discriminated against by an employer on the basis of genetic identity, you may be entitled to legal representation. The Austin labor attorneys at The Melton Law Firm, can help. Our attorneys understand the intricacies of labor laws and can help you build a strong case. Contact us by calling 512-330-0017 today.
Examples of GINA Violations
Most violations of GINA involve cases where an employer acquired genetic information about an employee without his or her permission. Under federal law, employers are prohibited from requesting genetic information from an employee in regards to all aspects of employment, including:
- Promotion determination
- Benefit assignments
If an employer discriminates on the basis of genetics in regards to any aspect of your employment, it deserves to be held accountable for its actions.
If you have experienced discrimination at your place of employment, including discrimination on the basis of genetics, you deserve justice. Contact the Austin labor attorneys at The Melton Law Firm, to learn how we can assist you. Call 512-330-0017 to schedule a consultation today.