Cases & Investigations

Illinois Biometric Privacy Act Lawsuit Investigation

CASE STATUS: Under Investigation

Step 1: Do you work in Illinois?

Step 2: Does your employer collect its workers’ fingerprints, face scans, hand prints, retina scans, or voice prints, including using fingerprints for clocking in and out of work?

Step 3: If you answered “yes” to the first two steps, please fill out the form on this page. You may be able to file a class action lawsuit.

If you work in Illinois and your employer collects workers’ fingerprints, face scans, handprints, retina scans, or voice prints, please contact or (612) 594-5997.

About the case

Berger Montague is investigating possible claims against Illinois employers for illegally collecting fingerprints, hand scans, face scans, retina scans, and voice prints.

What is the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act?

The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act governs the use and collection of biometric identifiers. Under the law, a “biometric identifier” is a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voice print, hand print, or face scan.

The law requires that before an employer can collect biometric identifiers or information, it must:

  • Inform the person that a biometric identifier is being collected or stored;
  • Inform the person in writing of the purpose and length of term for which the biometric identifier or information is being collected, stored, and used; and
  • Obtain a written release from the person whose biometric information or identifiers are being collected

We believe that many Illinois employers, including employers who require employees to use fingerprints to clock in and out of work, are not complying with Illinois law.

If your employer uses your fingerprints, hand scans, or any other biometric information, we are interested in speaking with you. You may be entitled to money damages and eligible to file a class action lawsuit.

Do I have to pay to consult with an attorney?

We are happy to talk with you about your potential claims free of charge. If we decide to represent you in a lawsuit, we will enter into a written contingent fee agreement with you. A contingent fee agreement means we only get paid if we win, and that we will receive our fees from the amount paid by the Defendant in the case.

Please contact us to discuss the details of your case. You may:

  1. Use the contact form on this page
  2. Email
  3. Call 612-594-5997


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