Clinton outlaws genetic discrimination in federal jobsBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7233.468 (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:468
- Deborah Josefson
- San Francisco
President Clinton has signed an executive order forbidding the US federal government from using genetic information in employment decisions. The order, which is effective immediately, protects all 2.8 million federal employees from genetic discrimination.
The federal government is the largest individual employer in the United States. By signing the order, President Clinton anticipates the greater role that genomics will have in the near future as the human genome is deciphered, and the decision sets an example for the private sector.