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FedScoop: DOJ and EEOC launch new initiative to combat AI discrimination during employment recruitment

“Federal contractors providing government departments with HR services will be held accountable for computer-based tools that discriminate against potential employees with disabilities under a new joint initiative launched by the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

In new guidance issued Thursday, the EEOC and DOJ warned that software, algorithms and artificial intelligence used to pre-screen candidates in some cases may discriminate against potential candidates with disabilities and violate federal civil rights law…”

“It comes after EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows in 2021 launched an agency-wide program to ensure that emerging technologies used in employment decisions comply with federal civil rights law.

The latest initiative focuses on aptitude assessments and other types of early job interview-stage screening, where algorithmic decision-making tools may be used to automatically weed out candidates…” Read the full article here.

Source: DOJ and EEOC launch new initiative to combat AI discrimination during employment recruitment – By John Hewitt Jones, May 12, 2022. FedScoop.

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