Medline and Con Tech Lighting Latest Illinois Employers Hit With Claims under BIPA
• Two Illinois employers, Con Tech Lighting and Medline Industries, are the latest to face claims alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.
• In the Con Tech complaint, the named plaintiff, who is seeking class certification, alleges that she was never informed “the specific limited purposes or length of time” for which her biometric information “would be collected, stored or disseminated.” The complaint seeks statutory damages of $5,000 for each willful or reckless violation and $1,000 for each negligent violation of BIPA.
• The complaint against Medline, which also seeks class certification, alleges that the plaintiff, who is no longer employed by the company, has been unsuccessful in getting the company to respond to her attempts to understand whether it maintained her fingerprints after she left the company. According to the complaint, the “[p]laintiff would not have provided her fingerprints to defendant had she known that defendant would retain such information for an indefinite period of time without her consent.”
• Both cases were filed in Cook County Circuit Court.