Virginia Federal Judge: Spouse's Diagnosis Does Not Support Genetic Act Claim

ABINGDON, Va. - A man's claim that he was fired in violation of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) due to his wife's multiple sclerosis fails because the act is directed to family medical history and genetic traits, not the medical diagnosis of a spouse, a Virginia federal judge held April 4 in dismissing the claim from a wrongful termination complaint (Mark Poore v. Peterbilt of Bristol, LLC, et al., No. 1:11-cv-00088, W.D. Va.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47114).

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