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US employer agrees to stop genetic testing

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7284.449/a (Published 24 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:449
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    A US freight railway company has agreed to stop requiring the genetic testing of employees who file claims for a wrist condition called the carpal tunnel syndrome. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had filed a lawsuit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe alleging that the policy violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.

    A railway worker who refused to provide a blood sample after filing an injury claim was threatened with dismissal, the commission said, in its first legal challenge against genetic testing by employers. A spokesman …

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