DNA sample to find "devious defecator" leads to $2,225,000 verdict

Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act violation 

My view: Jurors don't like it when they see a clear-cut and undebatable violation of a clearly-written statute, and then the employer tries to justify that in court. Really, what's there to like?

Atlas Logistics operates warehouses to store stuff that's sold in grocery stores. Imagine Atlas’s frustration when a mystery employee began habitually defecating in one of its warehouses. What to do? Atlas requested some employees to submit to a cheek swab (no double entendre intended) to get some DNA to compare to the fecal DNA. 

Two employees sued under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which generally prohibits employers from requesting genetic information from employees. The trial judge granted summary judgment [order] for the employees on the issue of liability, leaving it to a jury to assess damages. 

The jury award: $250,000 to one employees, $225,000 to the other, plus $1,750,000 in punitive damages. Total: $2,225,000. 

By the way, all employees who were tested were cleared. The devious defecator is still at large. If spotted, please call Atlas. 

 Read all about it in the Daily Report.