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Yale Case Reminds Employers Of Key Wellness Program Risk

Chad DeGroot

While employee wellness programs have grown in popularity over the past several years, so too have the legal challenges they face. Lisa Kwesell et al. v. Yale University, a class action in the  U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, was filed in reaction to a wellness program implemented by the university. 

The case highlights a key risk employers face in utilizing wellness program that include financial penalties or rewards: that they will not be considered voluntary, and therefore possibly violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. 

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