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Genetic information discrimination and California workers

Employees in the state of California and across the country may not be aware that a federal law enacted in 2008 prohibits discrimination based on genetic information. Provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act specify when, where and how an employer may legitimately obtain genetic information, including family medical history, and under what circumstances that information may be used. Title II of GINA, which governs use of genetic information in employment settings, is enforced by the EEOC.

Supreme Court ruling favors Muslim teen in religious discrimination case

In February we wrote a post about the case of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who, while a teen, was denied employment at the popular West Coast clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. In 2008, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the retailer on Elauf's behalf after the company declined to hire the then 17-year-old because "her head scarf clashed with the company's 'Look Policy'."

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