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|Councilmember Kathy Patterson
Councilmember Jim Graham
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employment discrimination based on actual or perceived genetic information; to prohibit an employer, employment agency, or labor organization from requesting or requiring a genetic test of, or administering a genetic test to, an employee or applicant for employment or membership; to prohibit an employer, employment agency, or labor organization from seeking to obtain, obtaining, or using genetic information of an employee or applicant for employment; and to provide an exemption that allows the use of genetic testing or information with the written and informed consent of the employee or applicant for employment to determine the existence of a bona fide occupational qualification, investigate a workers' compensation or disability compensation claim, or determine an employee's susceptibility or exposure to potentially toxic substances in the workplace.
Councilmembers Kathy Patterson and Jim Graham introduced the following legislation, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole and Subcommittee on Human Rights, Latino Affairs, and Property Management.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Human Rights Genetic Information Amendment Act of 2001 ".
Sec. 2. The Human Rights Act of 1977, effective December 13, 1977 (D.C. Law 2-38; D.C. Code § 1-2501 et seq.), is amended as follows:
(a) Section 101 (D.C. Code § 1-2501) is amended by adding the phrase "genetic information," after the phrase "disability,"
(b) Section 102 (D.C. Code § 1-2502) is amended by adding new subsections (1-1), (1-2), and (1-3) to read as follows:
(c) Section 103 (D.C. Code § 1-2503) is amended by adding subsections (e) and (f) to read as follows:
(d) Section 211 (D.C. Code §1-2512) is amended as follows:
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1-233 (c)(3)).
Sec. 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor. action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(x) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116: D.C. Code §47-392.3(x)), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 187 Stat. 813; D.C. Code §1-233(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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