Workers’ Rights

Recent years have seen many new tools and technologies introduced into the workplace, including AI-driven hiring tools as well as tools to surveil and supervise employees under the guise of “performance management.” As employers introduce these and other new technologies, the power imbalance and information asymmetry between workers and employers can worsen. Too often, workplace technology can also reinforce existing racial, gender, disability and other inequalities in our society.

CDT examines and improves public understanding of technology’s impact in the workplace, including the role for regulation to improve conditions on the ground. We also explore potentially empowering uses of technology to support workers: for example, the potential for technology to support employee organizing, or for workers to reclaim the “quantified workplace” as a tool to seek fairer compensation for their work. CDT works alongside those who are most impacted by these new technologies, helping to surface future problems and possibilities, and advocating for policies and practices that mitigate against the worst of these concerns.

Recent Content

CDT Testimony Before U.S. EEOC on Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems. White document on a grey background.

CDT Testimony Before U.S. EEOC on Employment Discrimination in AI and Automated Systems

CDT Comments Scrutinize NYC's Revised Rules That Leave Even More Workers Unprotected From Algorithmic Bias. White document on a grey background.

CDT Comments Scrutinize NYC’s Revised Rules That Leave Even More Workers Unprotected From Algorithmic Bias

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NLRB Memo Takes Aim at Intrusive Workplace Surveillance & Algorithmic Management Systems

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Press Release: CDT & Top Civil Rights Groups Publish Standards to Ensure Fairness in Hiring Practices that Use Automated Tech

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Civil Rights Standards for 21st Century Employment Selection Procedures

CDT Comments to New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection on Proposed Regulations on Automated Employment Decision Tools. White document on a grey background.

CDT Comments to New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection on Proposed Regulations on Automated Employment Decision Tools

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