You fear that your employer is using your genetic information to make decisions regarding hiring, promotion, terms or conditions, privileges of employment, compensation or termination. Have you been denied health insurance because of your family medical history?

Legal protection is on its way. On May 21, 2008, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was signed into law and is scheduled to take effect on November 21, 2009. GINA seeks to protect Americans against genetic discrimination in both health insurance and employment. Senator Ted Kennedy describes the law as “the first civil rights bill of the new century of the life sciences.

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