The DNA Dilemma
Should genetic discrimination be part of your EPL coverage?
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
Using pre-employment genetic testing to make hiring decisionscould lead to litigation your employment practices liability--orEPL--insurance might not cover.
Though genetic testing in the workplace is still rare, the issuehas prompted proposed federal legislation to add genetics to thelist of protected characteristics such as age, race and gender.While the legislation is pending, business owners should payattention, says Paul Sullivan, vice president of The Hartford'sFinancial Products organization in Hartford, Connecticut. "Ithink you may see [the potential for genetic testing anddiscrimination] in a profession or industry that relies heavily onphysical capabilities," Sullivan says.
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