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Employee alleges Metal Impact, Thunderbird violated IL biometric law by requring worker fingerprint scans


By Carrie Bradon | Jul 27, 2019

Fingerprint scan

CHICAGO — An employee is suing an Elk Grove-based metal extruder and its corporate parents, accusing them of violating an Illinois privacy law by requiring workers to scan their fingerprints when punching the clock.

Jorge Rodriguez, individually and on behalf of similarly situated individuals, filed a class action complaint July 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against Metal Impact LLC and Thunderbird LLC, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, Rodriguez was employed at one of the defendants' facilities in Illinois and was required to use his fingerprints to clock in and out of work. The plaintiff, however, alleges his employers never asked him to authorize the scans, nor told employees how they were storing or disposing of the scans.

Rodriguez seeks trial by jury, $1,000-$5,000 in statutory damages and attorney fees, court costs and other relief. He is represented by attorneys William P.N. Kingston and Jad Sheikali of McGuire Law PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2019-CH-08295

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