Illuminating the Future of AI in Recruitment Compliance: ThisWay Global CEO Angela Hood’s Fireside Chat at George Washington University Law School

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AUSTIN, Texas, September 28, 2023 – 

The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and recruitment compliance took center stage as ThisWay Global’s CEO, Angela Hood, engaged in a dynamic fireside chat at The George Washington University Law School. With a focus on ethical AI, talent acquisition, and the evolving landscape of technology, the event featured a thought-provoking discussion that explored challenges and paved the way forward for responsible AI implementation.

Angela Hood, recognized as a leading authority on compliant AI technology, spearheaded the conversation, addressing crucial aspects of AI governance for corporations. With an emphasis on internal best practices, policies, compliance and procedures, she illuminated the path toward a responsible integration of AI in recruitment processes. The event brought together esteemed guests, including Keith Sonderling, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and Craig E. Leen, former Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Commissioner Sonderling, drawing upon his extensive expertise, delved into the realm of ethical AI hiring. His insights emphasized the importance of aligning AI-based employment technologies with existing EEOC regulations to foster inclusivity and fairness in the workplace. Having previously overseen and enforced significant federal labor laws, Commissioner Sonderling’s perspective shed light on the critical intersection of AI and employment practices.

Check out Angela’s Interview with the EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling in 2023

Craig E. Leen, now a partner at K&L Gates law firm, shared his invaluable insights gained from his tenure as the Director of OFCCP. He explored the challenges and potential solutions surrounding AI, hiring practices, and equal opportunities. Leen’s perspective highlighted the evolving landscape of compliance and the need for proactive measures to ensure fairness and equality.

The fireside chat underscored the profound impact of AI and generative AI on various legal domains such as data privacy, security, intellectual property, financial services, employment, and antitrust. Key takeaways from the discussion included:

The fireside chat underscored the profound impact of AI and generative AI on various legal domains such as data privacy, security, intellectual property, financial services, employment, and antitrust. Key takeaways from the discussion included:

  • In May 2023, the EEOC issued new technical assistance, clarifying the application of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to AI-powered systems.
  • EEOC guidance reinforced that employers could potentially violate workplace laws through their use of AI tools.
  • Under the new guidance, employers bear responsibility under Title VII for algorithmic tools, even if developed by vendors. Employers are advised to inquire about potential biases from vendors.
  • While AI tool vendors may not be liable for discrimination, companies remain accountable for adhering to federal civil rights laws that combat discrimination in various workplace aspects.
  • The key in doing thorough auditing and testing processes for AI systems to detect and rectify biases was highlighted. However, caution is advised to ensure AI system audits align with federal anti-bias laws.

Angela Hood expressed the significance of addressing the ethical challenges introduced by AI and its rapid advancement. She stated, “Technology’s profound impacts on both people and the workplace necessitate tackling the ethical dimensions that AI brings. The George Washington University Law School provided an invaluable platform to discuss these pressing matters. It was an honor to shed light on this topic alongside industry experts.”

Recent statistics further highlighted the urgency of the AI compliance conversation:

  • The 2022 World Economic Forum’s report projected a 40% growth in the AI workforce between 2023 and 2025.
  • An IBM survey revealed that trust, transparency, and privacy concerns were significant barriers to AI adoption among business leaders.

As the AI landscape continues to evolve, ThisWay Global remains at the forefront of championing responsible and unbiased AI integration. As an award-winning leader in the HR tech industry, the company’s commitment to diversity, bias removal, and innovative matching technology ensures a competitive edge in today’s dynamic business environment. With a network of over 8,500 unique diversity-based partners, ThisWay Global continues to contribute to reducing bias and fostering diversity across industries. The company’s headquarters are located in Austin, Texas.

The event’s format, designed as a fireside panel discussion, engaged attendees seamlessly. The rapport between Angela Hood, Craig E. Leen, and Keith Sonderling provided a natural flow to the conversation. With a focus on proposed topics and ample time for law students’ Q&A, the event fostered insightful exchanges and sparked meaningful discussions.

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