AJOB Primary Research.

Potential Workplace Discrimination Based on Genetic Predisposition: Views of Workers

Background: The authors sought to better understand attitudes of employees at two settings in which occupational exposures may occur regarding their preferences for disclosure of genetic and nongenetic health information and the potential for discrimination by coworkers, lower performance review, and failure to be promoted on the basis of genetic information. Methods: A new, anonymous 168-question survey was administered online to 570 employees at Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in 2006. Results: Respondents indicated that they view genetic information as more sensitive than nongenetic health information and that they do not wish to share either type of information with employers for purposes of protecting their health at work. Conclusions: Despite legal advancements intended to prevent genetic discrimination in the workplace, employees remain concerned about the disclosure of genetic information to employers and fear genetic discrimination in the workplace.

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Volume 2, Issue 3
July 2011

Target Articles.

It's Time to Reframe the Savior Sibling Debate Kimberly A. Strong, Chris F. Jordens, Ian H. Kerridge, John Miles Little & Rachel A. Ankeny
Potential Workplace Discrimination Based on Genetic Predisposition: Views of Workers Laura Weiss Roberts, Liliana Kalogjera Barry & Teddy D. Warner
The Brazilian Ethics Research Review System: An Evaluation from the Perspectives of Institutional Review Boards Silvana Ferreira Bento, Ellen Hardy, Eliana Maria Hebling, Karla Simônia de Pádua & Maria José Duarte Osis