CHICAGO — A warehouse and light industrial staffing firm has been hit with a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating an Illinois privacy law when requiring workers to scan their fingerprints when punching in and out of work shifts.
Corey Williams, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a class action complaint July 2 in Cook County Circuit Court against Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc., alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Integrity Staffing, which provides temporary and direct-hire workers to a number of business clients and employers, is based in Delaware, but operates offices in Illinois and 16 other states, including Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania.
According to the complaint, Williams was employed by Integrity Staffing and during the course of his employment he was required to clock in and out of work shifts using a biometric fingerprint scanner. The plaintiff alleges never gave his consent or permission for the defendant to save or store his biometric information, which is allegedly required under the Illinois BIPA law.
Williams seeks statutory damages of $1,000-$5,000 per violation, which could be defined as each time an Integrity Staffing worker in Illinois punched the clock, plus interest, attorney fees, court costs and other relief. He is represented by attorneys Brandon M. Wise and Paul A. Lesko of Pfeiffer Wolf Carr & Kane APLC in St. Louis.
Cook County Circuit Court case number 2019-CH-07936