When Penn State steps in it, the university just doesn't mess around.

With the furor surrounding former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno just dying down, the university thrust itself into the limelight this year by announcing it would penalize employees who didn't fully participate in its wellness program.

That participation included divulging personal information that some employees took strident exception to. The howls of protest were so loud that Penn State backed off its plan. But now, a federal lawmaker is citing the Penn State situation to demand a broad wellness program investigation by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.