Yikes, Inc. Gets $10,000 to Continue Work on Bias-Busting WordPress Plugin

Level Playing Field is a website add-on that lets companies anonymize their candidate data. An award from PNC Bank will help get the product to the finish line.
May 24, 2018 11:20 AM ET
Tracy (right) and Mia Levesque, founders of Yikes, Inc., accepting the big check.

This article originally published by Technically Philly

Pit two identical, fictitious resumes against each other and hiring managers are likely to offer “John” more money than “Jennifer.”

Backed by $10,000 from the PNC LGBT Business Award, Fishtown-based dev shop Yikes, Inc. is hoping to change that via a bias-busting WordPressplugin called Level Playing Field (LPF).

Yikes cofounder Tracy Levesque — who co-owns the company alongside wife Mia Levesque — said the plugin will help hiring managers take a look at anonymized candidate data, stripped of gender, age and other information, in the hopes of making the process leading up to interviews as free as possible of unconscious bias.

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