Pauline Kim

Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law

Pauline Kim

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Biography

Pauline Kim is a nationally recognized expert on the law governing the workplace and has written widely on issues such as job security, employee privacy, the enforcement of employment discrimination laws and judicial decision-making. Her current work focuses on the use of big data in the workplace and the implications for employee privacy and workplace discrimination. She co-directs Washington University’s Center for Empirical Research in the Law and is past president of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.

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WashU Expert: Hiring data creates risk of workplace bias

WashU Expert: Hiring data creates risk of workplace bias

American employers increasingly rely on large datasets and computer algorithms to decide who gets interviewed, hired or promoted. Pauline Kim, employment law expert, explains that when algorithms rely on inaccurate, biased or unrepresentative data, they may systematically disadvantage racial and ethnic minorities, women and other historically disadvantaged groups.