New Federal Antidiscrimination Law Passed


On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. It is important that every business understand what this new Act means and the specific protection it affords to employees to ensure compliance with the new law.

The Act makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any individual based on genetic information, such as a predisposition to cancer, heart disease or other genetically linked ailment. The new law also prohibits health insurance companies from using genetic data to set premiums or determine enrollment eligibility.

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