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

Allan Goodman
March 4, 2018

YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian men in a blunt attempt to make the company more diverse, a lawsuit claims.

Google had "irrefutable policies, memorialized in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor of job applicants who are Hispanic, African-American or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men", according to Wilberg's complaint. According to Wilberg, Google seems to prioritize diversity in its workforce over competence, alleging that he was sacked as a result of his complaints to managers in which he states the company's "illegal and discriminatory hiring practices", pointing to management deleting emails that held content regarding various supposedly clandestine hiring choices.

A Google spokeswoman said the company will vigorously defend itself against the 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.

The Wall Street Journal said that Wilberg's coworkers corroborated his story and said that Youtube's hiring initiatives were minority quota based and that some recruiters complained that this practice was unfair.

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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. Former Google employee James Damore had earlier claimed that he was sacked for writing an anti-diversity memo which caused controversy. Four years of his career were with YouTube, which is owned by Google, as a recruiter.

The Google diversity hiring wars rage on. 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.

The lawsuit slapped on Google also targets 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules, quoting a number of emails and other documents. After writing a memo critical of Google's hiring practices, Damore was sacked and accused of misogyny for suggesting biological differences between men and women might explain, in part, why Google engineers are overwhelmingly male.

In January a woman named Heidi Lamar sued the company on charges that women working as preschool teachers in Google's child care center were paid lower salaries than male counterparts who had fewer qualifications. James Damore, who was sacked after criticizing Google's diversity efforts, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in January. While Damore fits those descriptions, the lawsuit was also filed on behalf of women and people of color who it's claimed Google mistreated on the basis of one or any combination of those categories.

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