MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A federal judge in Minneapolis denied a request from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to temporarily block Honeywell’s new health program.
The program requires Honeywell employees to undergo health screenings such as measuring blood pressure and cholesterol, or else face a fine of up to $4,000.READ MORE: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
How that breaks down, according to the documents, is that they can lose up to $1,500 in health savings account contributions, face a $500 charge to their medical plan, and/or receive a $1,000 tobacco surcharge.
The federal agency says the program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.READ MORE: St. Paul Police Report Rapid Increase Of Overdoses, Warn Of Synthetic Opioids
Honeywell counters the testing encourages healthy lifestyles and keeps health costs low. In a press release, the company called the lawsuit “frivolous.”
The employees were told about the new procedures in August, and they have until Nov. 14 to undergo testing.MORE NEWS: 'It Was Just Nuts': Severe Storms Leave Residents With Damage, Debris, And Outages
The case will now move forward in court.