$900,000 Class Action Settlement Over Workwell Biometric Scanners

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Workwell will pay $900,000 to resolve allegations that its finger and face scanning products violated Illinois law.

The settlement benefits companies that used a Workwell fingerprint or facial scanning device for timing in Illinois between March 28, 2014 and April 8, 2019. People whose employers are in this group and join the settlement are also eligible for settlement benefits.

Workwell Technologies offers pointing solutions such as fingerprint readers. Employers can use these devices as time clocks, allowing their employees to get in and out of work with the touch of a finger.

However, a class action lawsuit filed in 2019 alleged that the company may have violated state law by storing such biometric data without consent.

According to the class action, Workwell violated Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), the state’s response to biometric security issues and helps secure biometric data such as fingerprint scans, facial scans, etc.

Plaintiffs in the case claimed that Workwell’s cloud-based fingerprint database did not comply with state law requirements for disclosure and consent.

According to the Workwell class action, class members should have been told how their biometric data was stored and should have been given the opportunity to provide written consent.

Workwell admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $900,000 to resolve these BIPA allegations.

Under the terms of the settlement, employers who used a Workwell scanner can recoup a pro-rated share of the settlement fund. Payouts vary but are estimated at $50.

Employees whose employers participate in the settlement can also collect a cash payment. Under the settlement, these class members could receive cash payments of approximately $650.

In addition to providing cash payments, Workwell has agreed to comply with BIPA regulations going forward.

The exclusion and objection deadline was January 18, 2022.

The final approval hearing is scheduled for February 22, 2022.

In order to benefit from the settlement, Class Members must submit a valid Claim Form or Form W-9 by March 22, 2022.

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