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Sept 29, 2022, 10:00 am EDT


Topic: CAIDP Conversations: Live Q&A with Keith Sonderling, EEOC Commissioner




The use of AI and algorithmic tools in employment decisions, such as recruitment, termination and promotion, is a topic gathering more attention in policy, regulatory and professional circles globally. These tools promise the employers to reach more diverse candidates and manage the employment decisions more efficiently. However, there are also a lot of concerns with these systems producing biased experiences and outcomes for candidates at scale and speed.


Join EEOC Commissioner Keith Sonderling and CAIDP Research Director Merve Hickok for this informative CAIDP Conversation, discussing AI policy, governance, principles in employment decisions.





Keith E. Sonderling

Commissioner @U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)


Keith E. Sonderling was confirmed by the U.S. Senate, with a bipartisan vote, to be a Commissioner on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 2020. Prior to his confirmation to the EEOC, Commissioner Sonderling served as the Acting and Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor. Before joining the Department of Labor in 2017, he practiced Labor and Employment law in Florida. Commissioner Sonderling also serves as a Professional Lecturer in the Law at George Washington University Law School, teaching employment discrimination. Since joining the EEOC, one of Commissioner Sonderling’s highest priorities is ensuring that artificial intelligence and workplace technologies are designed and deployed consistent with long-standing civil rights laws. Commissioner Sonderling has published numerous articles on the benefits and potential harms of using artificial intelligence-based technology in the workplace and speaks globally on these issues.


Merve Hickok

Chair & Research Director @Center for AI & Digital Policy


Merve Hickok is the founder of and the Chair and Research Director at Center for AI and Digital Policy. She is a social researcher, trainer, and consultant, with work intersecting AI ethics, policy and regulation. She focuses on AI bias, impact of AI systems on fundamental rights, democratic values, and social justice. She provides consultancy and training services to private & public organizations on Responsible AI, to create awareness, build capacity, and advocate for ethical and responsible development, use and governance of AI. Merve is also Data Ethics Lecturer at University of Michigan. Merve was previously a VP at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and held various senior Human Reources roles. She is a Senior Certified Professional by SHRM.