Employee alleges railway company stored biometric data without consent

By Carrie Bradon | May 9, 2019

BELLEVILLE — A railway company employee filed a class action complaint, alleging his biometric data was stored without his knowledge or consent.

Matthew Wilmsen, individually and on behalf of all those similarly situated, filed a class action complaint April 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Pacific Rail Services, LLC, alleging violation of the Biometric Information Privacy Act.

The suit states Wilmsen was required to clock in and clock out of work using biometric data. The plaintiff says he was unaware that Pacific Rail was saving the information.

Wilmsen seeks trial by jury, $1,000 per willful violation in liquidated damages and $5,000 per willful violation, and all other just and proper relief. He is represented by attorneys Brandon M. Wise, Paul A. Lesko of Peiffer, Wolf, Carr & Kane APLC in St. Louis.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 19-L-293

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