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Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Disability Discrimination in Hiring

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This guidance explains how algorithms and artificial intelligence can lead to disability discrimination in hiring. The Department of Justice enforces disability discrimination laws with respect to state and local government employers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces disability discrimination laws with respect to employers in the private sector and the federal government. The obligation to avoid disability discrimination in employment applies to both public and private employers. Employers, including state and local government employers, increasingly use hiring technologies to help them select new employees.


How to Solve the Jobs Mismatch?

Slate

Better Life Lab is a partnership of Slate and New America. Melissa Turner left her job as a document control administrator late last year after receiving a pudendal neuralgia diagnosis. Pudendal neuralgia, a little-known condition resulting from injury to the pelvic nerves, happens to women and men (most often from childbirth and bicycle injuries). The majority of people with this condition cannot sit or walk without encountering severe pain. Turner's job required spending a significant amount of time walking in a large office building, gathering papers from multiple printers, and it was too painful for her to continue.


Citing religious beliefs to avoid the COVID-19 vaccine could cost you your job

Los Angeles Times

As more employers require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, more workers are finding religion. Or rather, "sincerely held religious beliefs" that, they say, prevent them from getting the shots. Hundreds of Los Angeles firefighters have sought exemptions from the city's vaccine mandate for religious or medical reasons, and thousands of Los Angeles Police Department employees are expected to do the same. And they may be the leading edge of the wave of workers seeking exemptions, as the federal government is preparing to require employers with 100 or more workers to order vaccinations or weekly coronavirus testing for all employees. Federal employees are already required to be vaccinated even if they work from home, with no testing alternative, and a similar requirement is being developed for federal contractors and subcontractors.


4 ways to make hiring more accessible

Mashable

From institutionalized discrimination to pandemic lay-offs, people with disabilities have struggled to retain stable employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate of Americans with disabilities was 17.9 percent by the end of 2020. The employment rate for people without disabilities was 61.8 percent. Well before even entering the workplace, people with disabilities face barriers in the job hiring process, from inaccessible or discriminatory job descriptions to poorly designed interviews. It's important to note that these aren't inherent obstacles.


Computer says no: unpicking the employment risks of AI (via Passle)

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Last week several newspapers ran a story about three make-up artists who had been'dismissed by algorithm' during a redundancy exercise. They sued their former employer and received an out of court settlement. Had Estee Lauder effectively outsourced its decision making to a machine to determine which employees to retain or dismiss? It had used AI (specifically facial recognition technology) to interview the women but, according to Estee Lauder, this only accounted for 1% of its decision making. The rest of the process was conducted by a human being.