Crime Scene Investigation – Don’t Try This at Work

Crime Scene Investigation – Don’t Try This at Work

By Gillian McKean Bidgood

Are you impressed by how conclusively the tests on CSI and similar shows solve their investigators’ cases? Apparently the Loss Prevention Manager for Atlas Logistics Group Retail Services, LLC was. When he was charged with the unenviable task of discovering which employee(s) were defecating in the company’s grocery warehouse, he decided to turn to DNA.

Atlas hired a lab to swab the cheeks of employees who were scheduled to work when the incidents occurred and compared the DNA of the employees to the DNA that was left behind by the offender(s). The lab did not analyze the DNA samples to identify any propensities for disease, but the testing did identify genotypes and mutations. Two of the employees tested then protested and filed Charges of Discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and filed what, by all accounts, is the first lawsuit under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”) to go to a jury.

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