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Genetic nondiscrimination law invoked **Update

A woman in Connecticut has filed a complaint against her employer for genetic discrimination, saying essentially that she was terminated due to her increased risk for breast cancer. According to several legal experts, this appears to be the first publicly filed complaint invoking the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), a law passed with much support in 2008 that would forbid employers from using employees’ genetic information against them. According to reports, 39-year-old Pamela Fink tested positive for mutations in her BRCA2 gene that are associated with increased risk for breast cancer in 2004. 


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