Use of artificial intelligence tools leads to discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment

The use of artificial intelligence tools can lead to discrimination against persons with disabilities in employment, as highlighted by the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Guidelines have been released to address this issue and ensure alignment with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In the recent years Artificial Intelligence(AI) and other software tools have been used in selection of new employees, monitor performance, determine pay or promotions etc.  To keep inline with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)and  safeguard Persons with Disabilities in this process, the Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have released a technical assistance document about disability discrimination when employers use artificial Intelligence  (AI) and other software tools to make employment decisions. These documents Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Disability Discrimination in Hiring and  The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Use of Software, Algorithms, and Artificial Intelligence to Assess Job Applicants and Employees provides technical assistance and a broad overview of rights and responsibilities in plain language, making it easily accessible and understandable to everyone regardless of their legal or technical background.