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Former nursing home employee files class action over use of biometric data

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 19, 2017

BELLEVILLE — A former nursing home employee has filed a class action alleging her employer stored her biometric information without consent. 

Saroya Roberson, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Dec. 8 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Symphony Post Acute Care Network, Symphony Sycamore LLC, Symphony Healthcare LLC, et al., for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was not informed in writing that her biometric information was being collected or stored and used. She also claims she did not permit her employer to utilize her biometric data. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to properly inform employees in writing of the specific purpose and length of terms for which their biometric data was to be stored and used and failed to publicly provide a retention schedule or guidelines for permanently destroying the biometric data of the employees.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for injunctive and equitable relief, statutory damages of $5,000 for the international and reckless violation or statutory damages of $1,000 per violation, attorneys' fees, costs, litigation expense, and for any other relief deemed appropriate. 

She is represented by John J. Driscoll, Christopher J. Quinn, Gregory J. Pals of The Driscoll Firm, PC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 17-L-733

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