Last spring, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sounded an alarm that called into question the fairness of hiring processes aided by artificial intelligence, pointing out that AI-assisted hiring has the potential to enhance, rather than alleviate, certain forms of impermissible bias. That risk remains an ongoing problem… one that the State of New Jersey may soon address with a new law. If you have been the target of discrimination in the hiring process because of your disability, gender, race, age, or other protected characteristic, that’s a potential violation of the law, whether the source point was a human or a bot. Whatever the specifics, a knowledgeable New Jersey employment discrimination lawyer can help outline for you the options the legal system has available.
Right now, employers have few restrictions on the AI they use. That could soon change in this state. Certain lawmakers here in New Jersey recognized the potential for AI to increase, rather than decrease, the frequency of certain types of discrimination in hiring processes.
Three Democrat lawmakers are the primary sponsors of Assembly Bill 4909, which would impose certain rules on employers seeking to use AI in their hiring processes. According to one of its primary sponsors, the bill doesn’t seek to ban the use of AI in hiring, but rather intends to make “sure that we are checking and auditing and putting some boundaries in place to ensure equity,” northjersey.com reported.