Statement - Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes legislation aimed at prohibiting genetic discrimination

OTTAWA, June 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Following the introduction of Bill C-68, the Protection Against Genetic Discrimination Act, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) issues the following statement:

"The Canadian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Protection Against Genetic Discrimination Act.

"There is currently no legislation in Canada that specifically prohibits genetic discrimination.

"This is a concern because there is the potential for employers to use genetic test results in a discriminatory manner. For example, an employer may refuse to hire someone if a genetic test suggests the person has a good chance of getting ill.

"This proposed change to the Canadian Human Rights Act is an important step towards making it clear that everyone has a right to be treated equally regardless of their genetic characteristics."

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