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Rules Target Genetic Bias

Mar 18, 2009

(Washington Post). The US federal government took a big step toward implementing a ban on genetic discrimination in hiring and promoting workers, a move that will expand the bounds of anti-discrimination law beyond the traditional realms of age, race, religion, sex and disability. The new law, which bars discrimination by insurers and employers based on genetic test results, represents the first legislative expansion of employment discrimination law since the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act. At a hearing at its headquarters, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission presented proposed rules for enforcing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, signed into law last year after a legislative struggle that lasted more than a decade.


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