Former employee brings Bipa suit against Swissport USA
07 February 2019 15:29 GMT

An ex-employee has filed a class action lawsuit against aviation company Swissport USA, under an Illinois biometrics privacy law (Bipa).

Rashidah Williams, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a complaint on Jan. 24 in Cook County Circuit Court against Swissport International Ltd. and Swissport USA Inc for requiring workers to scan their fingeprints when using a biometric punch clock, reports the County Cook Record.

According to the complaint, between March and November 2017, Rashidah Williams was employed by Swissport, where she and other employees were required to scan their fingers to "clock in" and "clock out" of work each day. Plaintiff claims defendants used a biometric timekeeping device that captures, collects, stores and uses the workers' fingerprints, which they alleged can expose plaintiff and other members of the class to serious and irreversible privacy risks. 

Williams said workers were never informed in writing that defendants were capturing, collecting, storing or using their biometric information. 

The plaintiff alleges Swissport failed to provide the required disclosures to inform workers that they were collecting their biometric identifiers and information and failed to inform workers of how long they intended to keep the information.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment for all damages, preliminary and permanent injunction, award all costs, and such further and other relief the court deems just and appropriate. She is represented by Frank Castiglione and Kasif Khowaja of The Khowaja Law Firm in Chicago.

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