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U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Genetic Information

One of the most recent laws enforced by EEOC relates to genetic information. The law provides a very specific definition for "genetic information." Genetic information includes information about your genetic tests and the genetic tests of your family members. Genetic information also includes information about any disease, disorder, or condition of your family members (your family medical history).

This law, Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, provides you with four basic rights:

Determining whether genetic information discrimination has occurred may be complicated. If you think the law may have been violated, you can call EEOC at 1-800-669-4000 to discuss the situation. You can also speak with your supervisor or another manager at the company, your parents, your teachers, or another trusted adult.

If you would like more information after reading the frequently asked questions, see the EEOC's Facts on Genetic Information Discrimination.