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.
Lawmakers in California have approved a bill that could pave the way for gig economy workers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, to be reclassified as employees and not contract workers. If the bill becomes law, it will have broad implications for labor in America, says Pauline Kim, an employment law expert in the School of Law.
A bill pending in the Missouri Legislature would make it more difficult for workers who experience discrimination or lose their job because of whistleblowing to hold their employers responsible, says an expert on employment law at Washington University in St. Louis.
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.