Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Ex-Google Recruiter Sues, Alleging Policies Discriminate Against White And Asian Men

Ex-Google Recruiter Sues, Alleging Policies Discriminate Against White And Asian Men

Wilberg-who worked at Google for nine years, including four years as a recruiter at YouTube-filed his lawsuit in January after he was sacked last November in what he claims was retaliation for his complaints about the hiring policies.

Wilberg's lawsuit alleges that he faced discrimination from Google over his sex and race and retaliated against his complaints by firing him, violating antidiscrimination laws in the process. 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. "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", she said in a statement.

According to Wilberg's lawsuit, Google's human-resources department began investigating YouTube's hiring practices in the spring of 2016.

Wilberg, who spent nine years at Google before he was sacked last November, worked as a YouTube recruiter for four years.

Arne Wilberg, a white male, who spent nine years working at Google, had filed a civil lawsuit against Google in January. This week, Loretta Lee, a female software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before she was sacked in 2016, filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was routinely sexually harassed at Google, and that the company did not intervene.

These lawsuits come amid the rising debate over the efforts from the technology firms to raise the dismal numbers of women, African Americans and Hispanics in the workforce. They then mentioned that Google's racial and gender preferences in hiring were not up for debate, because this was morally and economically the best thing to do for Google.

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United States companies from beer brewer MillerCoors to candymaker Hershey Co., which use aluminum for manufacturing and packaging, said operations would be hurt by the tariffs. Employment lawyers explain to the Journal that while it's permissible for companies to try to boost diversity in its ranks, they can't hire based on race or gender, meaning quotas are off-limits.

The lawsuit suggests that some of Google's efforts were clumsy, and may have been counterproductive.

Indeed, Wilberg's claim of discrimination against majority groups mimics the culture war around diversity being waged inside Google, where employees advocating for increased diversity have been reprimanded for offending white men. One person allegedly "complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects".

Google has denied the company implemented discriminatory policies toward Caucasian and Asian men.

The company also "had a practice of systematically discriminating against older engineers in its hiring practices", the suit says.

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