CHICAGO — The operator of a group of assisted living homes in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois has been hit with a class action lawsuit, accusing it of violating its workers rights by making them scan their fingerprints when they punch in and out of work shifts, allegedly in violation of an Illinois privacy law.
Louis Bermudes, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on March 13 in Cook County Circuit Court against Eden Management LLC.
According to its website, Eden Management operates four supportive living centers in Illinois, incliding locations in Chicago, suburban North Aurora and downstate Champaign.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges Eden required workers to use the company's biometric time clocks for clocking in and out, requiring them to scan their fingerprints for each punch. The plaintiff alleges workers weren't informed the defendant would be retaining the biometric information and claims the defendant was in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
The plaintiff is seeking damages of $1,000 to $5,000 per violation, plus attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by attorneys David Fish, Seth Matus, Kimberly Hilton, John Kunze of The Fish Law Firm P.C. in Naperville.
Circuit Court of Cook County Case No. 2019-CH-03300