ETH MODULE 3 CASE-Genetic Testing Concerns In the Workplace

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Running head: GENETIC TESTING CONCERNS 1 Genetic Testing Concerns in the Workplace ________________________ TUI University November 6, 2010
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GENETIC TESTING CONCERNS 2 Genetic Testing Concerns in the Workplace In April 2001, a settlement was reached by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF). The settlement was the result of BNSF improperly conducting blood tests on its employees without their permission (Schafer, 2001). Essentially, this report will address some of the circumstances surrounding the BNSF case and elaborate on my concerns about genetic testing in the workplace. According to the article, a BNSF maintenance worker filed for workers compensation benefits after stating that he had carpal tunnel syndrome. BNSF requested that the railroad worker see a physician to which the employee refused resulting in BNSF threatening to terminate him. Before the EEOC complaint, the company always conducted blood tests on its employees without their permission (Schafer, 2001). Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company agreed to maintain all blood work and relevant documents pertaining to the 36 workers the company tested. This revelation gave those personnel who had been tested the opportunity to file individual lawsuits. Essentially, the 36 employees’ civil rights were violated when their blood was taken without their knowledge and tested for the carpal tunnel syndrome. Furthermore, BNSF was wrong for threatening termination for personnel refusing to give blood. Thus the dispute concerning genetic testing is whether people are hired based on their qualifications and experience or the results of genetic testing. Furthermore, was the testing in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations? BNSF was determined to find personnel in their organization that had carpal tunnel syndrome. However, BNSF’s conduct was a violation of the OSHA medical
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