EEOC Moves Forward on Genetic Discrimination Enforcement

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Lesson title

EEOC Moves Forward on Genetic Discrimination Enforcement

Video title, link and release date

EEOC Moves Forward on Genetic Discrimination Enforcement, June 2, 2013

Video length

Two minutes, Twenty-three seconds

Grade level

High school


  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sent a warning to employers stating that the commission would be stepping up its legal action under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).
  • Though GINA was passed in 2008, the commission reached its first settlement regarding the legislation on May 9th, in a lawsuit involving Fabricut Incorporated.
  • To explain the recent boost in activity, the commission’s general counsel David Lopez stated that employers need to know that using medical data in employment decisions is strictly prohibited.
  • Signed into law in 2009 under President Bush, GINA was passed unanimously in Congress with the exception of Texas Republican Ron Paul.

Review Questions

1. What company did the EEOC file a lawsuit against in New York?


2. What does GINA specifically prohibit?


3. How does it affect health insurance companies?


Freewriting “Journal” Prompt

What about this report do you have questions about?

Do you think potential employers should have the right to know about their applicants genetic background? Or do you see it as an invasion of privacy?

What do you want to know more about?

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