Posted by Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. in News
Mar 9 2022
Yale University employees represented by Connecticut employment lawyers Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. and Washington-based AARP Foundation have agreed to settle a 2019 class action lawsuit against the university. The settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.
The lawsuit alleges that Yale’s Health Expectations Program violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act by requiring employees and their spouses to either participate in the wellness program or pay a weekly opt-out fee.
Under the proposed settlement agreement, Yale will continue to offer its wellness program, but it will not charge opt-out fees for a four-year period and will change its practices regarding the transfer of health data in connection with the program. Yale will also pay $1.29 million as compensation to the class members.
Joshua Goodbaum of Garrison, Levin-Epstein represented the class of Connecticut employees, along with Dara Smith and Elizabeth Aniskevich of AARP Foundation. Said Attorney Goodbaum of the settlement: “I am honored to cocounsel with AARP Foundation on this case and to represent a group of courageous workers. I am thrilled with the significant compensation we were able to obtain for the class of Yale employees and with the changes Yale has agreed to make to its employee wellness program.”
The lawyers of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C. have been advocating for employee and civil rights throughout Connecticut for more than 45 years. From our offices in New Haven, we provide award-winning representation in all aspects of Connecticut employment law.