Robot hand picking up cube with a person outline The DOJ warns that employers should screen hiring technologies before use and regularly when in use, to determine if they screen out persons with disabilities. (Credit: Alexander Limbach/

A sobering message from Washington highlights the risk of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act when employers use artificial intelligence programs to help with employment decisions.

Recent notices from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice about the potential for disability discrimination when employers use AI and algorithms to evaluate job applicants point to the complexity of avoiding discriminatory conduct, some employment lawyers have said.

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