Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act: much ado about nothing?

Earlier in 2013, it was reported that the EEOC had filed two lawsuits against employers, one in New York and the other in Oklahoma, for violating the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) by requesting family medical information from employees.  GINA, which became law over five years ago, prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information, and specifically makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate, refuse to hire or discharge any employee because of the employee’s genetic information.

After GINA went into effect, there was much consternation among employers and HR professionals about the potential for litigation that might be created by the statute. In the intervening five years since its passage, however, how much litigation has their actually been?

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