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Employee alleges Kerley Ink Engineers' biometric hours-tracking system violated IL law


By Carrie Bradon | Sep 3, 2019

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CHICAGO — A worker has filed a class action lawsuit against his employer, a marketer of ink and coating products, alleging the company violated a state privacy law in the way it required workers to use biometric time clocks to track their work hours.

Luis Aguilar Garcia, individually and as part of similarly situated individuals, filed a class action complaint Aug. 14 in Cook County Circuit Court against R. A. Kerley Ink Engineers Inc., alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to the complaint, Garcia was employed R.A. Kerley and was required to verify his identify when clocking in and out by using his biometric information. The plaintiff alleges he was not informed by the defendant that his information could be stored, and was not asked to authorize the biometrics scans.

Garcia seeks damages of $1,000-$5,000 for each violation, plus interest, attorney fees 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-09350

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