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    Yale workers sue school over wellness program penalties

    July 18, 2019

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A group of Yale employees has filed suit against the Ivy League university claiming weekly fines levied for not participating in a wellness program violates their civil rights.

    The New Haven Register reports that the suit says employees in two Unite Here union locals are required by the university to participate in a health program or pay $25 a week, which comes to $1,300 a year.

    The suit says the health program requires employees and their spouses to get a series of tests, vaccines and invasive examinations.

    The employees allege the penalty amounts to coercion for low-income employees.

    Attorneys for the employees argue the program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

    A Yale spokeswoman said the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

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    Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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