July 16, 2020

Chicago Hospital Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Employee Fingerprint Scans

Saint Anthony Hospital, Inc. has been named in a class action lawsuit alleging that it improperly collected, stored, and disclosed biometric data from employees’ time-tracking fingerprint scans. Former employees brought the suit, claiming that since 2006, the hospital required employees to scan their fingerprints at the beginning and end of each shift into two different time-tracking and payroll systems, but never obtained their informed consent, as required by 740 ILCS 14/15 of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). This lawsuit is among several BIPA cases filed in state court following a ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in which the Court held that claims against employers for violating biometric privacy laws can be heard in federal court.