Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
On September 13, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) hosted a virtual roundtable titled “Decoded: Can Technology Advance Equitable Recruiting and Hiring?” to discuss the civil rights implications of the use of automated technology systems, including artificial intelligence (AI), in the recruitment and hiring of workers.
The virtual roundtable hosted by EEOC Chair Charlotte A. Burrows and OFCCP Director Jenny R. Yang was part of the EEOC’s and OFCCP’s joint Hiring Initiative to Reimagine Equity (HIRE) and the EEOC’s AI and Algorithmic Fairness initiative. Both the EEOC and OFCCP reiterated the commitment of the agencies to address barriers to hiring and recruiting diverse talent. External participants in the virtual roundtable included:
- Wilneida Negrón, Director of Policy and Research, Coworker.org
- Eric D. Reicin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Better Business Bureau (BBB) National Programs
- Peter Romer-Freidman, Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC
- ReNika Moore, Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Racial Justice Program
“Participants identified numerous ways that employers use automated technologies to source and screen job applicants, such as machine learning algorithms that review resumes and video interviewing technology. They also explained how discrimination may occur based on protected characteristics, including race, sex, disability, and age when employers use hiring technologies,” according to a press release from the EEOC about the event.
“During the robust conversation participants identified how automated technologies can promote equal employment opportunity such as helping employers better understand applicant pools. Also, participants provided some promising practices to reduce the potential for discrimination,” the press release noted. A recording of the EEOC and OFCCP virtual roundtable event is available on YouTube.
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