Fined for… Not Getting Genetic Testing? … WHAT?!?

I don’t… how… what…

Why is this a thing?

From the Washington Post

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.

I don’t even know how to respond to that…

The bill is under review by other House committees and still must be considered by the Senate. But it has already faced strong criticism from a broad array of groups, as well as House Democrats. In a letter sent to the committee earlier this week, nearly 70 organizations— representing consumer, health and medical advocacy groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, AARP, March of Dimes and the National Women’s Law Center — said the legislation, if enacted, would undermine basic privacy provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the 2008 Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Yeah well, I’m opposing it, too. Starbucks may not have my genes, thanks.


  1. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    GATTACA, anyone?

    Seriously, that’s as bad as any legislation I’ve reviewed in that last week.

    Damn, that says a lot about the quality of the legislation I’ve been reading lately, doesn’t it?

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