CHICAGO — A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against her employer, Central Street Management LLC, an Evanston-based company which the lawsuit says operates at least 19 nursing and rehab centers in Illinois,  for alleged violation of an Illinois privacy law.

Alissa Gardner filed a complaint on Dec. 21 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the defendants stored and collected scans of her fingerprints without consent, allegedly in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff, who worked at Timber Point Healthcare, a facility in Adams County in west central Illinois owned by Central Street, alleges the defendants failed to inform her and other employees as to why their fingerprint scans were being captured and stored. The lawsuit notes employees would scan their fingerprints to punch in and out of work shifts on the facilities' employee time clocks.

The plaintiff seeks injunctive relief, interest, statutory damages of $5,000, statutory damages of $1,000, court costs and any further relief this court grants. She is represented by John K. Driscoll, Christopher J. Quinn, and Gregory J. Pals of The Driscoll Firm P.C. in St. Louis.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2017L013021

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