Yale Graduate Takes On Alma Mater In Wellness Program Lawsuit

Jul 18 2019

As it appeared in Connecticut Law Tribune

Yale University’s wellness program is facing a class action claiming its $1,300 annual fine for those who refuse to disclose their private medical and genetic information isn’t legal. The lawsuit is being spearheaded by a Yale graduate.

By Robert Storace

A New Haven attorney and Yale University graduate has teamed up with the AARP Foundation in filing a federal prospective class action against his alma mater alleging the school’s wellness program is discriminatory,

The lawsuit, spearheaded by Joshua Goodbaum and several attorneys with the litigation team at the AARP Foundation, contends Yale’s wellness program, Health Expectations, requires about 5,400 current union employees and their spouses to submit to medical tests and allow release of their insurance claims data to multiple wellness vendors. Employees who refuse to disclose private medical and genetic information must pay a fine of $1,300 a year.

Numerous union employees are quoted in the lawsuit, saying the fine is unfair, and plaintiffs claim the policy violates the American with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Share this Post

severance agreements josh goodbaum blog

About the Author

Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C.

Advocating for Employees
since 1977

Best Lawyers

Let Us Review Your Case

    We will respond to your message promptly. Although we will keep your message strictly confidential, please note that contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.

    Client Experiences

    During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

    You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

    Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

    I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

    When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

    Advocating for Employees since 1977

    American Law Institute Super Lawyers American College of Trial Lawyers Best Lawyers The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
    Back to Top
    (203) 815-1716