Last week, Fortune introduced us to a new HR tech product called Perception. According to Fortune, Perception creator Kanjoya claims that the program can interpret the “intent and emotions” behind written text and filter out unconscious bias. As an example of Perception’s “powerful functions,” Kanjoya’s chief data scientist describes the software’s ability to recognize that “…when a supervisor repeatedly used the word ‘good’…to describe an employee, that should actually be interpreted as a negative, not positive, signal.” We expect this will come as quite a surprise to some supervisors. Perception can apparently also sort a company’s data by gender and ethnicity, although it’s not clear how either characteristic will be determined. As we have cautioned in prior posts, employers should adopt new HR tech with care.
- The judge in the defamation case of former CEO Dov Charney against American Apparel described the evidence that would come out if the matter went to trial as the “mother of all sexual harassment cases.”
- California Governor Jerry Brown signed the nation’s toughest wage gap legislation into law.
- The EEOC has begun its investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood.
- Eric B. Meyer correctly pointed out that if a job duty is only 5 percent of the position, it’s probably not an essential function of the position.
- HR Talent Lab covered the disruptive technologies aimed at human resources.
- IBM launched a 2,000-employee consulting business with big data as its centerpiece.
- A new app, WageSpot, wants to share everyone’s salaries.
- A man who posted a picture of a co-worker’s child on Facebook was terminated after his post elicited racist comments.
- TalentCulture covered how data is being used to boost recruitment and retention.
- Mike Haberman gave advice on how to handle a mobile workforce and “hot-desking.”
In other developments:
- Popular recruiting tool TalentBin was sued as a credit reporting agency under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
- Jon Hyman conducted a survey of how companies treat exempt workers who take intermittent leave under the Family Medical Leave Act.
- Urban Outfitters asked exempt employees to help out in a distribution center without additional pay.