Oct 092010
 
 October 9, 2010  Featured News, Surveillance, Workplace

Michael S. Schmidt reports:

After it was revealed last year that investigators for Major League Baseball were using DNA testing on teenage prospects and their parents to verify the players’ ages to combat identity fraud, genetic experts roundly criticized the practice and raised questions about its legality.

In response, baseball halted the practice. The investigators have begun using DNA testing again but are doing so under new guidelines, according to baseball officials.

Prospects and their families are now invited to submit additional information — including documents, photos, medical records and DNA testing information — if an initial investigation by Major League Baseball proves inconclusive, according to baseball officials.

Accepting DNA test results must be approved by Sandy Alderson, who is in charge of revamping baseball’s operations in the Dominican Republic.

The testing does not reveal an age, but it can reveal whether the player is the son of his claimed parents. Several top prospects have taken on the identities of others so they can appear younger and more appealing to teams.

Read more in the New York Times.

This is very troubling, indeed, and I’d love to hear some lawyers debate the legality of this “voluntary” option.   Nor can I think of another situation in which a job applicant would ever have to provide their parents’ DNA to obtain a job.

Very troubling, indeed.   How far will MLB go and how far should they be allowed to go?   And is this a sign of what we should expect to see under the Red Flags Rule?

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