Employees file class action regarding Loews use of workers' fingerprint scans

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 15, 2018

CHICAGO — An employee has filed a class action lawsuit against Loews Chicago Hotel Inc., Loews Corp., and ADP LLC, citing alleged violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

Lead plaintiff Tekita Bryant filed a complaint July 26 in Cook County Circuit Court. According to the lawsuit, the defendants scanned their employees' fingerprints into a database for the purposes of logging and tracking hours worked. But the plaintiffs claim the defendants allegedly failed to inform their employees of the purpose and length of time for which their fingerprints were being collected, stored, disseminated and used and failed to provide a retention schedule and guidelines for permanently destroying the employees' fingerprints.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek certification of their class action, statutory damages of $5,000 for each reckless violation, statutory damages of $1,000 for each negligent violation, injunctive and other equitable relief, attorneys' fees, costs and other litigation expenses and interest. She is represented by Ryan Stephan, James Zouras, Andrew Ficzko and Haley Jenkins of Stephan Zouras LLP in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-CH-09477

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