Former recruiter sues Google, says white and Asian candidates were 'purged'

04 March, 2018, 05:03 | Author: Shannon Newton
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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.

Wilberg's suit, filed January 29, states that he worked for seven years at Google, including time on the team for tech staffing at YouTube, the company's video-streaming unit.

In his suit, Wilberg says when he started to resist such hiring efforts, his previously high performance marks started to slip, per Ars Technica; he was sacked in November. California labor law prohibits refusing to hire employees based on characteristics like race or gender.

A former YouTube employee has filed a discrimination suit against the world's largest video site, alleging that its policy was to hire zero white or Asian men for tech positions.

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Ever since Google released its first transparency report in 2014, the company's efforts to diversify its overwhelmingly male, white, and Asian workforce have been criticized as too little and too late for a company founded in 1998.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", its statement read.

What do you think of Wilberg's lawsuit? The conflagration briefly engulfed Google's own offices, turning the workspace into a polarized war zone. When Wilberg did not adhere to those rules, his performance reviews suffered, he alleges.

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

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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. One person allegedly "complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects". Many have adopted policies and programs created to encourage more balanced hiring, not only to right past discrimination but for their own economic advantage: According to management consultancy McKinsey, diverse companies deliver better financial results. In the lawsuit, Loretta Lee, a former software engineer, noted that she faced lewd comments, pranks, and even physical violence from colleagues. Google denies that its salaries are discriminatory.

All of this might come as a shock to anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the firing of Google engineer James Damore previous year.

Wilberg's lawsuit is also the second asserting that the tech giant discriminates against white men. He claimed Google's top brass discriminated against conservative men.

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

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