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Readout: Acting Secretary Su, Spain’s Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz Pérez sign joint statement protecting workers from algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence

WASHINGTON U.S. Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su and Spain’s Second Vice President and Minister of Labor and Social Economy Yolanda Díaz Pérez met in Washington on Feb. 26, 2024. They signed a joint statement highlighting their shared concerns about algorithmic bias in automated systems and artificial intelligence that can lead to workplace discrimination of historically underserved and vulnerable groups. 

The event, held at the Embassy of Spain, was also an opportunity for the leaders to discuss the innovative approaches both countries are taking to protect workers’ rights amid technological transformations. 

“As our joint statement highlights, automated systems and their algorithms have the potential to embed bias and discrimination into a range of workplace systems, from hiring to disciplinary actions and ultimately to discharge. Through this process, AI can replicate or deepen existing discrimination and inequality,” explained Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su. “Our strong cooperation with Spain addresses many of these concerns and reaffirms our shared belief that we do not have to choose between AI and doing what is right for workers.”

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Bureau of International Labor Affairs
February 27, 2024
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Media Contact: Christine Feroli
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