BY TRACY LEAHY, Esq.

Advances in medical research have resulted in the early detection and treatment of illnesses. One of the most significant advancements is testing that can identify genetic differences that could increase an individual’s chance of developing a particular disease.

But there’s a downside to such progress: the possibility that people might suffer discrimination based on what those DNA tests discover. As a result, many states, including Michigan, have passed laws prohibiting genetic discrimination in employment.

Federal law is keeping up, too. In May 2008, President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). GINA establishes a national and uniform minimum standard for the protection of genetic information.

Genetic info & Michigan law

Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Act prohibits any employer from discriminating against an individual based on genetic...(register to read more)

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