Wexler Boley & Elgersma is currently investigating claims against Kid’s Castle Learning Center over the unlawful collection and handling of sensitive employee data under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Plaintiff alleges that Kid’s Castle requires employees to submit personal and identifiable biometric data in the form of a fingerprint scan as a condition of employment. These fingerprint scans are kept in an third-party server database and are used to identify actions taken by employees, such as clocking in or out for their shift.
Kid’s Castle is accused of committing multiple violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act that was enacted to protect the safety and privacy of residents’ personal and identifiable data. These violations include:
- Failing to obtain written releases from employees before collecting their fingerprints
- Not disclosing the purposes and duration for which their fingerprints are stored
- Failure to publish a written, publicly available policy for the retention, usage, and destruction of employee’s biometric data
- Failing to disclose sharing employee biometric data with third-party vendors
Each of these alleged violations are clearly defined and mandated under BIPA, which carries statutory damages of up to $5,000 for each intentional or reckless violation of the law.
If you are a current or former employee of Kid’s Castle Learning Center, you may be entitled to compensation due to the alleged violation of your biometric information. To speak with an attorney regarding your potential claim, please submit the questionnaire on this page.