Google Accused Of Limiting White, Asian Male Hires For Diversity Reasons

Google Accused Of Limiting White, Asian Male Hires For Diversity Reasons

Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google and its YouTube unit for about nine years both as a contractor and an employee, claims he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices. Wilberg stated that previous year and in 2016, he and other recruiters were told to approve or dismiss candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino. He was also told to cancel interviews of men who were white or Asian.

A former YouTube employee has sued Google for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female, black, and Hispanic or Latinx applicants. Wilberg also alleges that over the past two years, YouTube started trying to cover up its diversity hiring practices. Wilberg was sacked in November 2017.

Wilberg's lawsuit targets Youtube, Google, and 25 Google employees.

Although Google initially fought not to disclose the demographic makeup of its workforce, the company was the first big company in Silicon Valley to release an annual diversity report, which is now common practice among tech firms. Last year, Google engineer James Damore was sacked because he wrote a memo that was widely circulated amongst employees that conservative white men were "ostracized" in favor of minorities and women.

Just Thursday, Gizmodo reported that a former female software engineer had filed a lawsuit accusing the company of condoning a "bro-culture" that encouraged sexual harassment and turning a blind eye to harmful pranks and physical violence. In a class action lawsuit filed against the tech giant, Damore said he was "ostracized, belittled and punished" for expressing conservative opinions while he was employed by the internet giant.

In Damore's manifesto that was circulated last summer, he claimed that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts, amongst other controversial statements. Following the Damore incident, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that he has no regrets over firing Damore, but said he is sad about the perception of people who "misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another".

Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano said the company plans to vigorously defend this lawsuit.

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.

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