I was surprised to note that Wendy's is facing a class-action lawsuit over its practice of collecting employee fingerprint data.
Particularly since I was astounded to learn that Wendy's was collecting the data in the first place. Why would you?
Why would you?
The motivation is to prevent one employee from clocking in on behalf of another and to eliminate the problem of badges being left at home.
Looks like the specific problem the proposed lawsuit addresses was lack of informed consent and specificity on the ‘why’ things were being done, as well as sharing with the vendor.
On the motivations as @denbesten posited if the technology is not so much being used to provide strong MFA to protect identity in conjunction with badges, but potentially instead off or incase someone forgot theirs or tried to impersonate someone.... I’ve no data, but on the surface does seem like a bit of a sledge hammer being used to crack a nut. Just have a mandatory policy on badges, make them displayed, and have a reporting process if they are missing.
Is an employee/shift team really going to cover for someone not turning up on a busy shift and pre-arrange to take their badge so they can be clocked in? This is a hard job with constant work, missing folks might not be popular.
Lastly, while I’m sure there are good protocols for hygeine in Wendy’s, do you really want to use fingerprint sensors that everyone must touch in restaurants? You might cause other issues by building a mandatory vector for infection of the non-cyber kind into your employees daily routine