If you work for a company that provides subsidized health insurance, you have probably wondered at least once whether or not your medical information gets shared with the company. For the most part, this is truly nothing to worry about, as patient privacy laws prevent any such data from being shared without patient consent.
But the privacy line gets a little blurry when it comes to corporate “wellness” plans. This is where employers offer incentives to workers to participate in health screenings and to make healthy lifestyle changes. One international corporation with strong ties to Minnesota has been fighting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s attempt to block certain provisions of its wellness program. The EEOC alleges that these provisions violate two employment discrimination laws.