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 November 22, 2009  Posted by  U.S., Workplace

Judy Greenwald reports:

The University of Akron is expected to soon rescind a controversial rule that lets the university demand DNA samples from job applicants as part of a criminal background check.

Observers say the requirement—believed to be the first genetic testing rule imposed by an employer—violates the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as raises significant privacy concerns. Other employers generally have not considered such rules, experts note.


The regulation, which has been widely criticized, states that “at the discretion of the University of Akron, any applicant may be asked to submit fingerprints or DNA sample for purpose of a federal criminal background check.”

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