Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – which enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination – has released written testimony from a public hearing that examined the use of automated systems such as artificial intelligence (AI) by employers in employment decisions.

During the hearing on January 31, 2023 – “Navigating Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems: A New Civil Rights Frontier” – the EEOC heard from witnesses ranging from computer scientists, civil rights advocates, legal experts, industrial-organizational psychologists, and employer representatives.

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The public hearing continues the work of the EEOC’s AI and Algorithmic Fairness Initiative, an agency-wide initiative to ensure that the use of software, including AI and other emerging technologies used in hiring and other employment decisions, comply with the federal civil rights laws that the EEOC enforces.

The EEOC’s “Draft Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP)” for 2023-2027 also focuses on “screening tools or requirements that disproportionately impact workers based on their protected status, including those facilitated by artificial intelligence or other automated systems, pre-employment tests, and background checks.”

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