Top Class Actions (February 14, 2024) — Wendy’s agreed to a $18.2 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve claims that it collected worker biometrics without following Illinois privacy regulations.

The settlement benefits current and former Wendy’s employees who worked at a corporate-operated restaurant in Illinois and scanned their fingerprint in a finger scanner between Sept. 11, 2013, and Nov. 29, 2023.

Plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit claim that Wendy’s failed to follow the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) when collecting and storing employee fingerprints from point-of-sale systems. BIPA requires businesses to follow strict rules when collecting, storing and using employee biometrics. Read more here.