The internet is abuzz with all kinds of information related to the case that we discussed yesterday here inovolving a Connecticut woman, Pamela Fink, who has filed a complaint with the EEOC and others alleging genetic discrimination under GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) . She states that her former employer, MXenergy, fired her because of a genetic test that revealed that she carried a mutation in the BRCA2 gene, which confers very high lifetime risks of breast and ovarian cancer.
Video is beginning to emerge (thanks to Nature News for pointing us in this direction) with more information about the case.
Here is a piece from Fox61 News via courant.com:
Additionally, in another Fox news piece (posted along with the one above over at Nature News), Ms. Fink and her lawyer discuss the case. She mentions that two of her sisters are cancer survivors. This is not surprising in light of her decision to pursue prophylactic mastectomy, as women with close family members affected by breast cancer are more likely to pursue the preventative surgery in the context of a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
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