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Rosewood Care hit with class action over employee fingerprint scans


By Marian Johns | Nov 22, 2019

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CHICAGO – A Rosewood Care Center certified nursing assistant is suing the health care facility's owners for violating an Illinois state biometrics privacy law in the way it requires workers to scan fingerprints when punching in and out of work shifts.

Cora Shelby-Williams filed a complaint Nov. 12 in Cook County Circuit Court against Bravo Group Management LLC, doing business as Rosewood Care Centers; Bravo Care of Joliet Inc., doing business as Rosewood Care Center of Joliet; and Daniel Maher, Rosewood's owner, alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

According to her complaint, Shelby-Williams, who began working at Rosewood's facility in Joliet in June 2016, claims she and other employees were required to scan their fingerprints when clocking in and out of work. She claims she was never informed about the purpose or length of time her information would be collected, stored and disseminated. She also alleges she never gave written or verbal permission for her biometric data to be used or received information on if it would be permanently deleted. 

Williams seeks damages of $1,000-$5,000 per violation, as permitted under the BIPA law, plus attorney fees. She is represented by Ryan Stephan and James Zouras of The Stephan Zouras Law Firm LLP in Chicago. 

Circuit Court of Cook County case No. 2019CH13047

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