Wellness Programs Focus of Lawsuit Filed by AARP Against the EEOC

Even as they’ve become more and more popular with employers, wellness programs have taken hits in recent years with naysayers arguing that the effort discriminates against some workers by leveling fines for not reaching benchmarks and also represent an invasion of privacy. The latest challenge comes from AARP, which is suing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over rules the commission issued in May, Reuters reports. Under the rules, employees who participate in wellness programs can receive an incentive of up to 30% of the cost of the cheapest health insurance plan, or 60% for couples.

Such incentives do not violate discrimination laws, the EEOC argues. AARP disagrees, saying the programs penalize workers who don’t want to share their health information and that the programs are involuntary.  

Source: Reuters