A lawsuit has been filed against Wendy’s in Illinois, which claimed the fast food restaurant stored fingerprint data of its employees and used biometric scanners to keep track of its staff without their knowledge — something that is illegal according to the state’s law.
“While there are tremendous benefits to using biometric time clocks in the workplace, there are also serious risks. Unlike key fobs or identification cards–which can be changed or replaced if stolen or compromised–fingerprints are unique, permanent biometric identifiers associated with the employee,” the plaintiffs said in the complaint, a copy of which was obtained by ZD Net. “This exposes employees to serious and irreversible privacy risks.”
The lawsuit was filed by plaintiffs, represented by former Wendy’s employees Martinique Owens and Amelia Garcia, on Sept. 11, in a Cook County court, Illinois.