Class action: H&M broke Illinois privacy law, made workers scan fingerprints to use with punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman has filed a class action against her former employer, alleging her privacy was violated when the company scanned her fingerprint, and those of other employees, for use with a biometric punch clock.

Kenyetta Slater filed a complaint on Dec. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against retailer H&M over alleged violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, Slater was employed by the defendants from 2012 to 2017 as a business account representative. She alleges she and other employees were required to use a biometric time clock system to record their time worked by scanning their fingerprints.

She alleges her biometric information was collected, stored or used without following the requirements of the BIPA law. She alleges she was never provided written information about the collection, retention or use of her fingerprints and the defendant never obtained her written consent.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for liquidated monetary damages, attorney fees, costs and further relief. She is represented by Douglas M. Werman of Werman Salas PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 18-CH-16030

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