The federal government is suing a Wisconsin company over its wellness program, saying the business cannot require employees to participate and punish those who don't.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday that it had filed suit against Flambeau, Inc., a plastics manufacturer based in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
The EEOC says the company made the employee pay the full cost of his insurance premium after he failed to complete biometric testing and a health risk assessment.
EEOC regional attorney John Hendrickson said in a statement that employers are free to have voluntary wellness programs, but they can't force employees to undergo medical tests or require them to answer questions that are not job-related.
A spokesman for the company did not immediate return a message for comment.