Guardsmark to Pay $329,640 in Disability, Genetic Bias Settlement

June 24, 2016, 4:00 AM

One of the largest security firms in North America has agreed to pay nearly $330,000 to resolve allegations that it unlawfully required job applicants to disclose their disabilities and family medical history, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced June 23.

Guardsmark, which was sold to rival firm Universal Protection Service in 2015, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act when it forced more than 1,100 job applicants to complete questionnaires relating to their medical conditions and family medical history, the EEOC said.

Under the terms of the deal, Guardsmark will pay $329,640 without admitting liability ...

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