Lawsuit: Google Hiring Practices Discriminated Against Whites, Asians

Lawsuit: Google Hiring Practices Discriminated Against Whites, Asians


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 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.

In a civil lawsuit filed in January in San Mateo Superior Court, plaintiff Arne Wilberg contended that he was an exemplary employee who received positive performance evaluations "until he began opposing illegal hiring and recruiting practices at Google". In August 2017, the Guardian revealed that more than 60 current and former Google employees were considering bringing a lawsuit against the company, alleging sexism and pay disparities against women.

A Google spokesperson responded to the suit, releasing a statement to the Journal that read, "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

After Damore was terminated, he and another white engineer filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

One of Google's former recruiters has sued Google for sacking him for not following the company's policy on diversity issues when hiring.

YouTube's diversity hiring practices are being questioned.

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Did YouTube use diversity "quotas" and other similar practices to discriminate against White and Asian men?

A lawsuit alleges Google set hiring quotas for some technical positions. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late past year.

In March 2017, a YouTube staffing manager shot an email to the recruiters stating: "Please continue with L3 [level three] candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups".

Google strongly rejected the charge while also defending its attempts to build a diverse workforce.

Google has been stung by a number of lawsuits recently.

Google first started to share the data on the gender and racial diversity four years ago.

  • Kyle Warner