The BNSF Genetic Testing Case Analytical Essay by ABCs

The BNSF Genetic Testing Case
An analysis of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) genetic testing case.
# 114509 | 1,232 words | 5 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 11, 2009 in Business (Law) , Law (Business) , Biology (Genetics) , Law (Historic Trials)

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The paper describes the case involving genetic screening of employees by Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and attempts to determine the fairness of the settlement reached by reviewing the literature from both a utilitarian and deontological perspective. The paper explains the utilitarian viewpoint that shows how the BNSF case was not fair to the employer while the deontological viewpoint maintains that the company acted wrongly and deserved the settlement.

Review and Discussion

From the Paper:

"In the Age of Information, an increasing number of people appear to recognize that their traditional and legal rights to privacy are being eroded on a daily basis in a variety of ways. Indeed, video surveillance cameras abound in public places, and it is rare when an individual's actions go unrecorded by someone, somewhere. In this environment, it is reasonable to suggest that more and more American citizens would seek to prevent further intrusions into their private lives by their employers, but the fact of the matter is that many states continue to permit the use of genetic testing by employers in ways that citizens are either unaware of, or are unable to stop. The facts that emerged from a precedent-setting case involving genetic screening by Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) a few years ago serves to illustrate how the Age of Information is being transformed into a Brave New World in some frightening ways in states where genetic testing by employers is still allowed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • BNSF and EEOC Settle Genetic Testing Case Under Americans with Disabilities Act. (2002, May 8). Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF). [Online]. Available:
  • Draper, E. (1992). Genetic secrets: Social issues of medical screening in a genetic age. The Hastings Center Report, 22(4), 15-16.
  • Genetic testing in the workplace: The employer's coin toss. (2002, September 5). Duke Law & Technical Review. [Online]. Available: 2002dltr0015.html.
  • Lewin, T. (2002, May 9). National briefing Washington: Accord on genetic tests. New York Times, A28.
  • Schafer, S. (2001, April 19). Railroad agrees to stop gene-testing workers. Washington Post. [Online]. Available:

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