California has passed a law expanding the protections of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and other antidiscrimination provisions of California law to cover genetic information.
The new law defines "genetic information" as information that includes any of the following: (i) an individual's genetic tests; (ii) the genetic tests of family members of the individual; (iii) the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family members of the individual. "Genetic information" also includes any request for, or receipt of, genetic services -- or participation in clinical research that includes genetic services -- by an individual or any family member of the individual. "Genetic information" does not include information about the sex or age of any individual.
While the federal GINA's protections are confined to the misuse of genetic information in the employment and health insurance coverage context, California's law prohibits discrimination on the basis of genetic information in housing, state-operated, administered or funded programs, provision of emergency medical services, mortgage lending, life insurance coverage, public accommodations and licensing requirements.