AARP sues U.S. over rules for wellness programs

Source: Reed Abelson, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Employers have raced to offer workers a hefty financial incentive to sign up for programs meant to improve their health, submitting personal medical details in the process. But as these programs have spread, so has resistance from employees dubious about sharing that information with employers.

A suit, filed by AARP, the consumer advocacy group that represents older Americans, argues that the programs violate anti-discrimination laws aimed at protecting workers’ medical information. It also questions whether the programs are truly voluntary when the price of not participating can be high.

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