Suit: biometric scanners are religious discrimination

by Ted Frank on March 29, 2007

Don’t load up on stocks in that newfangled biometric scanner technology just yet. A federal complaint alleges that workers have a religious right not to sign in using handprints; Matthew Heller has the details and the complaint. Canada has required reasonable accommodation of such beliefs, while New Zealand rejects it. American law simply requires beliefs be “sincerely held.”

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1 markm 03.29.07 at 12:12 pm

What does having your hand scanned have to do with “the mark of the beast.”

OTOH, twice in my life I have noticed that a fellow employee had been assigned the employee number “666”. Both of them had a lot of fun with it. (Maybe electronic techs just tend to be beastly. 8-)

2 Justinian Lane 03.29.07 at 12:48 pm

Quick thought: Since the “mark” being read by these scanners was created at birth, how can it be the mark of the beast?

Also, what if an employee doesn’t have a right hand? Or even a left hand? Surely we can’t allow discrimination against amputees.

I think this suit is very hokey, but I agree employers need to have another timekeeping method for employees who can’t/won’t use their hands.

3 Edward Lunny 03.31.07 at 10:48 am

As this ,biometric scanners, is not intrusive I would suggest that these folks should find other employment. Hand scans equate with the mark of the “beast”, get a grip.

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