The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Of 2008: Civil Rights Or Science Fiction?


On May 21, 2008, President Bush signed into law a bill forbidding insurance companies and employers from discriminating against an individual based on their genetic information. Advocates of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, aka the GINA, contend that it is "the first major civil rights act of the 21st century." The GINA expands Title VII which already bans discrimination by race and gender to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of "genetic information" in hiring, firing, and other activities.

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