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wooden gavel resting on rows of US currency By charging some employees $1,300 annually if they did not participate, the suit alleged that Yale violated both the ADA and the GINA. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Yale University and some of its employees have agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over its employee wellness program for $1.29 million, subject to court approval. Kwesell v. Yale University alleged that Yale’s Health Expectations Program violated federal statutes because it required employees and their spouses to either participate in its wellness program or pay a weekly opt-out fee.

“We designed the Health Expectations Program with our union partners and the advice of health care and legal experts,” said Stephanie Spangler, vice provost for health affairs and academic integrity. “Nevertheless, we feel it is best to resolve what would have been expensive litigation and move forward. Our relationship with our employees is an important priority.”

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