Workday Challenges EEOC’s “Partisan” Stance in AI Bias Litigation

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Workday Challenges EEOC's

In a notable legal dispute unfolding in a California federal court, Workday Inc. has voiced strong objections against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) involvement. The technology company is urging the court to dismiss an amicus brief filed by the EEOC, which supports a lawsuit alleging that Workday’s software algorithms discriminate against job applicants based on race, age, and disability.

EEOC’s Controversial Amicus Brief

Workday argues that the EEOC’s brief is “inappropriately partisan,” claiming it deviates from expected neutrality. The company contends that instead of offering a balanced interpretation of employment statutes, the EEOC’s brief unfairly favors the plaintiff, Derek Mobley, and his discrimination claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Workday Blasts ‘Partisan’ EEOC Input On AI Bias Suit: Timing and Prejudice

The timing of the EEOC’s brief, submitted just days before Workday’s scheduled reply, is another focal point of contention. Workday asserts this timing hindered its ability to adequately address the arguments presented, adding a layer of prejudice against the company’s defense efforts.

Workday Blasts ‘Partisan’ EEOC Input On AI Bias Suit: Workday’s Defense

In response to the allegations and the EEOC’s support of the plaintiff, Workday insists that its role as a software provider does not equate to being an employer. Therefore, it argues that it should not be held liable under the federal employment laws cited in Mobley’s suit. Workday maintains that its human resources software is designed to streamline hiring processes without discriminatory practices.

Legal Representations and Implications

This case, Mobley v. Workday Inc., involves significant legal representation from both sides. Workday is backed by a team from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, while Mobley’s legal interests are represented by The Greene Law Firm and Winston Cooks LLC.