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Class action accuses Burger King of improperly requiring workers to scan fingerprints


By Carrie Bradon | Aug 29, 2019


CHICAGO — An Indiana man is suing Burger King Corporation, alleging the fast food purveyor violated an Illinois biometrics law by requiring workers to scan fingerprints when punching the clock.

Araceli Refugio Huerta, individually and on behalf of similarly situated individuals, filed a class action complaint Aug. 14 in Cook County Circuit Court against Burger King, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The plaintiff alleges that while he was employed at an Illinois Burger King restaurant, he was made to use his biometric information to clock in and out of work. The complaint does not specify which Burger King restaurant at which he worked, or whether the restaurant was owned by a Burger King franchisee. Huerta said the company did not provide notice or obtain authorization before requiring the fingerprint scans. 

Huerta seeks damages of $1,000-$5,000 per violation, plus interest, attorney fees, court costs and other relief. He is represented by attorneys William Kingston and Jad Sheikali of McGuire Law PC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2019-CH-09351

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