AI’s Impact on Employment, Equal Opportunity and Upholding our Civil Rights

The Brave Technologist

Dec 20 2023 • 32 mins

Keith Sonderling, Commissioner at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), discusses how HR companies and employers are using AI, and the implications of this usage on employment law. He stresses the importance of governance and regulation to avoid discrimination, prevent HR biases at scale, and to ultimately uphold our civil rights.

Key takeaways:

  • How to use machine learning to make HR decisions that were historically done by a human

  • Examples of how AI and HR tech have already impacted every step in the employee lifecycle

  • How the use of natural language processing can mitigate against discrimination in the hiring processes

  • The work the EEOC is doing to ensure HR tech is being developed in a way that helps all employment decisions remain fair and non-discriminatory

Guest bio:

Keith E. Sonderling was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, with a bipartisan vote, to be a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2020. Until January of 2021, he served as the Commission’s Vice-Chair.

Since joining the EEOC, one of Commissioner Sonderling’s highest priorities is ensuring that artificial intelligence and workplace technologies are designed and deployed in a way that’s consistent with long-standing civil rights laws. Commissioner Sonderling has published numerous articles on the benefits and potential harms of using artificial intelligence-based technology in the workplace, and speaks globally on these emerging issues.

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