Actress Angelina Jolie had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file.)

Even if you aren’t waiting with baited breath for the safe removal of Angelina Jolie’s ovaries, the genetic tests she undertook to make that decision as well as to undergo a double mastectomy should pique your professional interest.

Employment law attorneys say this type of information is precisely why the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act was passed in 2008. Now that genetic testing has become more common, the law is meant to protect workers against genetic discrimination in health insurance and employment.

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