Thanks to GINA, Employers Can No Longer Use Your DNA Against You

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GINA -- the employment provisions (Title II) of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act -- is now final, reports the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

What this means is that your genetic information is safe from use by your employer. For example, suppose your genetic profile indicates a predisposition to breast cancer. Before GINA, employers might have requested that information from you before hiring to keep down their medical insurance premiums. When they saw that information it could have constituted a red flag not to hire you. That can't happen now.