Why do you think employers are interested in the genetic testing of their employees? Is there any justification for genetic testing of employees?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com December 24, 2021, 10:58 pm ad1c9bdddf
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Genetic testing of employees is used to detect the presence of any genetic abnormalities in individuals that could potentially place those individuals at a higher risk of developing certain diseases. This type of testing helps companies screen applicants and current employees who may be more likely to develop diseases if exposed to specific substances, such as chemicals or radiation, due to their genetic makeup. While many employers may say they use this information to ensure that prospective or current employees are not working in environments that may cause them harm, I think employers are more interested in the genetic testing of their employees in order to avoid the costly litigation that may result from employee illnesses associated with hazardous workplace substances.
While employers advocate the use of genetic testing as a means to reduce occupational diseases and the resulting costs associated with lowered productivity, excess absenteeism, workers' compensation payments, health insurance and high employee turnover; this is still not enough justification for this type of testing of employees. Employers should only hire an employee based on the individual's qualifications, such as education and experience, and not on what genetic disorders they could potentially develop. Failing to hire an individual based on the results of genetic testing could be seen as a form of discrimination, which is no different than not hiring an individual based on their race, ethnicity, age or religious background.
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