Analysis

BLM Spurs Employers To Look More Closely At Implicit Bias

Law360 (August 10, 2020, 4:53 PM EDT) -- With the Black Lives Matter movement prompting a national conversation about racial justice and diversity, many employers are redoubling their efforts to keep unconscious bias from seeping into hiring, firing and promotion decisions.

Implicit bias, as opposed to more overt forms of discrimination, occurs when individuals make unconscious assumptions about people based on factors like race and gender, or even nonprotected characteristics like hobbies or where they grew up.

The issue has long vexed employers, since individual employees can make decisions that are rooted in unconscious bias even if a company has robust anti-bias policies in place. But the BLM movement...

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