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Screening Out Neurodiversity

Wiggleton-Little, Jada and Callender, Craig (2022) Screening Out Neurodiversity. [Preprint]

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Abstract

Adults with autism suffer from an alarmingly high and increasing unemployment rate. Many companies use pre-employment personality screening tests. These filters likely have disparate impact upon the neurodiverse population, exacerbating this societal problem. This situation puts us in a bind. On the one hand, the tests disproportionately harm a vulnerable group in society. On the other, employers have a right to use personality traits in their decisions and think that personality test scores are predictors of job performance. It is difficult to say whether this negative disparate impact is a case of wrongful discrimination. Nevertheless, focusing on the tests, we’ll show that pre-employment personality tests prey in an unjust way on several features associated with autism. We end by suggesting the contours of some regulation that we deem necessary.


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Item Type: Preprint
Creators:
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Wiggleton-Little, Jadajwigglet@ucsd.edu
Callender, Craigccallender@ucsd.edu
Keywords: neurodiversity autism unemployment personality personality tests
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Policy
Depositing User: Craig Callender
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2022 13:43
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 13:43
Item ID: 21292
Subjects: General Issues > Ethical Issues
Specific Sciences > Psychology
General Issues > Science and Policy
Date: 20 October 2022
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21292

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