Chicago Transit Sued Again Over Medical History Probes

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Chicago Transit Sued Again Over Medical History Probes

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has once again been thrust into the legal spotlight. An employee has initiated a lawsuit, claiming that the CTA’s hiring protocols infringe on the Genetic Information Privacy Act (GIPA) by unlawfully delving into applicants’ familial medical histories.

Chicago Transit Sued Again Over Medical History Probes : Background of the Case

Tyrone Arnold, a customer service assistant with the CTA, filed a complaint on Tuesday. Arnold alleges that during his pre-employment physical examination, which is a standard requirement by the CTA, he was compelled to disclose personal medical information concerning his family’s health history. According to Arnold, this requirement directly contravenes the stipulations set forth by Illinois’ long-standing GIPA, which aims to protect individuals from genetic discrimination by employers.

Chicago Transit Sued Again Over Medical History Probes : Details of the Complaint

Arnold asserts that the information collected during these pre-employment screenings is not utilized in any ongoing workplace wellness initiatives, suggesting that the CTA’s actions are solely for invasive purposes. His lawsuit accuses the CTA of soliciting and requiring disclosure of personal medical histories, a clear violation of GIPA’s prohibitive measures.