Ideally, people should get hired for a position because they are most qualified for the job. Hiring managers and/or software programs should ultimately consider your qualifications, education and work experience when selecting the right candidate. When applying for a job online, however, certain programs may screen your application based on your name, background, social status, zip code or school you attended.
A new bill recently introduced to the senate is designed to eliminate the biased screening process by updating recruiting procedures. The Talent Equity for Competitive Hiring Act works to ensure employment screening software programs do not discriminate based on gender, ethnicity and/or race. They also ensure all groups are represented fairly in the pool of eligible applicants.
The software benefits potential employees and employers alike. Employers have the advantage of choosing from a larger talent pool, as their choices are not limited to a closed group of applicants that meet only certain characteristics. California has been at the forefront in minimizing and eliminating employee discrimination by also passing legislation such as the Fair Hiring Resolution, which creates regulations to combat social biases when hiring, as well as the ‘ban the box’ law, which restricts employers from asking whether an applicant has a criminal history.
It is critical that everyone is given a fair and equal chance to get a job, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, religion or sexual preference. If you feel as though you have not been given a fair chance, you may want to contact a workplace discrimination attorney in California who can help you build a strong case.
Source: Post Group News, “New California Bill Aims to Eliminate Racial and Other Biases in Hiring,” Tanu Henry, Mar. 5, 2020.