March 21, 2018

Google accused of excluding Asians, whites for some positions

04 March 2018, 01:50 | Denise Dawson

YouTube Hiring for Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Males, Lawsuit Says

Google accused of excluding Asians, whites for some positions

Wilberg, who spent nine years working for Google and YouTube, says the company set quotas for hiring minorities, and that he was sacked because he refused to reject white and Asian male job candidates.

As the The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, a lawsuit filed in January by former YouTube recruiter Arne Wilberg alleges that he was sacked for resisting what he calls illegal and discriminatory efforts to diversify Google's workforce. Wilberg claims that Google implemented "clear and irrefutable policies" meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company's overall diversity.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", the company said Thursday.

Wilberg also claims that a YouTube staffing manager instructed the YouTube recruiting team to "clean up" its diversity hiring practices, but told Wilberg that the changes were temporary and recruiters would return to quota-based hiring.

The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel would later rule that Google had not violated the law when it fired him, causing Damore to withdraw the complaint he filed with the agency.

Lawsuits against the Silicon Valley companies are on the rise as ex-employees come out to speak about the harmful and discriminatory culture prevailing at some of the biggest organizations.

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To help prove his allegations, Wilberg included a screenshot of a Google tracking system - which was subsequently deleted - that kept track of candidates' gender and race, pointing out that the company had not reached their goals in respect to hiring female, black and Latinx candidates.

Damore, however, is still seeking to prove that Google discriminates against White conservative men with a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been filed in state court in Redwood City, California, and the case is Wilberg v. Google 18-CIV-00442, California Superior Court, San Mateo County (Redwood City).

The Google diversity hiring wars rage on.

According to the suit, Wilberg's manager, Allison Alogna, told staff to cancel interviews with Level 3 software engineers (those with 0-5 years' experience) if they were not female, black, or Hispanic. Each of these new employees allegedly must have been from an underrepresented group, and recruiters used what was known as a "diversity tracker" to keep a count of the number of minorities hired. In the meantime, Google has to walk a narrow line: How can the company signal the urgency of being inclusive without setting targets?

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