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

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

A former YouTube employee is suing parent company Google, for which he worked for a total of nine years, alleging that he was sacked for refusing to adhere to hiring practices that discriminated against white and Asian males.

Google has been sued by a former YouTube employee for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female and Latina applicants and that the video-sharing platform had past year stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions.

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. The lawsuit, filed in January in California's San Mateo County Superior Court, claims Wilberg was sacked by Google in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices, the news agency reported.

Google told The Wall Street Journal that "we have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

Further, she stated that the company is not hesitant in accepting that they look for a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, and this helps them in hiring the best people, improve culture and build better products.

Arne Wilberg worked at Google and YouTube as a recruiter, contractor, and full-time employee for almost a decade.

In January, James Damore, the engineer who was sacked after writing a screed against Google's diversity efforts, filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against white people, men, and political conservatives.

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. Arne Wilberg worked at Google for 9 years, four of which were spent at YouTube as a recruiter.

Google has been slapped with yet another lawsuit over its diversity efforts.

Wilberg's lawsuit targets Youtube, Google, and 25 Google employees. In one hiring round, the team was allegedly instructed to cancel all software engineering interviews with non-diverse applicants below a certain experience level, and to "purge entirely any applications by non-diverse employees from the hiring pipeline". For example, in the first quarter of 2016, recruiters were expected to hire five new employees each, all of them from underrepresented groups, the lawsuit alleges.

In 2017 69 percent of Google's employees were men and the percentage of Google's workforce that is white of Asian has been 91 percent since 2014.