Chairman Scott Statement on EEOC, DOJ Actions to Prevent Disability Discrimination in Hiring

WASHINGTON – Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice released technical assistance documents to help employers prevent disability discrimination when using artificial intelligence and other software tools in the hiring process.

“I am grateful that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have taken this important step to ensure that new hiring technologies do not discriminate against job applicants with disabilities. While algorithmic tools have the potential to address bias in the hiring process, the research is clear that—without the appropriate safeguards in place—artificial intelligence and other automated technologies can further entrench discrimination against workers, including workers with disabilities. The technical assistance documents released today are a key part of establishing those critical safeguards. As the Chair of the Education and Labor Committee, I will continue working with the EEOC and DOJ to ensure that our nation’s cutting-edge technology accelerates—and not weakens—our progress toward a more equitable job market.”

In December 2020, the Education and Labor Committee released its “Future of Work” report, which examines how Congress can better protect workers as employers increasingly use automated hiring technologies.


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