Breaking Bias

Navigating Workplace Discrimination with AI

Friday, November 17, 2023
Parallel Session 2
3:50 PM - 5:20 PM


AI systems are increasingly used in recruitment and hiring, as well as in worker management and evaluation. They have the potential to contribute to reducing discrimination at work and promoting inclusivity. Yet AI systems often struggle with bias, both at the system level and at the data or input level, and risk replicating biases at scale, reinforcing historical patterns of disadvantage. AI tools can also discriminate against specific groups such as persons with disabilities. In 2021, the European Commission proposed the Artificial Intelligence Act, which is currently under negotiation. Its aim is to ensure that AI systems used in the EU including for workforce management and recruitment are safe and respect fundamental rights.  

The workshop will address the following questions:  

  • What are the sources of bias and discrimination associated with AI tools? 
  • What can AI systems providers and employers do to mitigate such risks?  
  • How can AI be used to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace? 
  • Can AI strengthen the provision reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities in the workplace? 
  • Is there a need for new legislation and/or policies beyond the existing and upcoming legislative and policy framework?