EEOC and DOL Issue Guidance on Artificial Intelligence and ADA Disability Discrimination

Last Updated on May 18, 2022

On May 12, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each issued new technical assistance documents about how employers’ use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other software tools to make employment decisions may result in unlawful disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

EEOC Guidance 

The EEOC’s new guidance focuses on the following three ways an employer’s use of software tools for employment decisions may violate the ADA: 

  • The employer does not provide a reasonable accommodation necessary for an individual to be rated fairly and accurately by the software;
  • The software “screens out” an individual with a disability, even though the individual is able to do the job with a reasonable accommodation; and
  • The software makes disability-related inquiries or includes medical examinations

 The EEOC also provides best practices to help employers avoid these violations. 

DOL Guidance 

The DOL’s new guidance provides a broad overview of rights and responsibilities under the ADA. It also provides examples of the types of software tools employers use, clarifies that employers must consider various disabilities when designing or choosing their software, and explains when an employer using software tools must provide a reasonable accommodation