… federal lawsuit filed in late September in U.S. District Court in Springfield by Rene Reyes against The Maschhoffs LLC asks for class-action status…
Federal lawsuit claims pork producer violated state's laws on biometrics privacy
David C.L. Bauer, Journal-Courier (IL)
Oct. 12, 2021
The region’s largest pork producer is being accused of violating state law on biometric privacy by requiring workers to clock in and out each day using their fingerprints.
A federal lawsuit filed in late September in U.S. District Court in Springfield by Rene Reyes against The Maschhoffs LLC asks for class-action status, which potentially would allow dozens of former and current workers to join it.
The civil action, which represents only one side of a case, challenges the producer’s practice of requiring biometric identifiers “to clock in and clock out by scanning their fingerprints into a fingerprint-scanning machine.”
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act allows use of such equipment, but requires employees to be notified and provide written consent to collect and store biometric information such as fingerprints. The law also stipulates biometric data must be securely stored and details about how data is handled and destroyed must be disclosed.
“Unfortunately … none of these directives were followed,” according to the lawsuit...