Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, email@example.com, @AARPMedia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The following is a statement by AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) new rules on workplace wellness programs that were issued today:
“AARP is deeply disappointed with the new EEOC rules on workplace wellness programs. These rules put workers between a rock and hard place: employees must now hand over sensitive medical and genetic information on themselves and their spouse to their employer’s wellness program, or protect their personal health information, forcing them to pay up to thousands of dollars more for their health insurance.
“The EEOC’s new wellness rules violate both the letter and the spirit of the civil rights laws against disability and genetic discrimination, which say that disclosing your medical information to your workplace wellness program must be voluntary. AARP will be analyzing the regulations closely to determine next steps.”
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