Google Accused in Lawsuit of Excluding White and Asian Men in Hiring

But previous year, Wilberg claims YouTube recruiters were told to cancel interviews where the candidate wasn't female, black or Hispanic.

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 follows in the wake of a similar claim in January by former Google engineer James Damore, fired for penning a memo against diversity.

In a statement, Google said that it would "vigorously defend this lawsuit", adding that it has 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. The paper notes that 69% of Google's employees are men, while 91% of the company's workforce is white or Asian-a number that's stayed relatively the same for the past three years. 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.

Wilberg alleges that several employees complained to Google about the company's hiring policies, but were either ignored, transferred, or demoted.

Wilberg said that in 2016 and 2017, he and his fellow recruiters were told on several occasions to approve or dismiss job candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino. The lawsuit also states that he repeatedly spoke out against these initiatives, telling his superiors they were discriminatory and illegal.

Wilberg's lawsuit alleges that since 2016, YouTube recruiters were instructed to hit hiring quotas for "diversity candidates", and in the first quarter of 2016 were tasked with hiring five new employees each from underrepresented groups.

Wilberg said he was sacked after he complained to the HR department about the tech giant's hiring practices.

Last month, Tim Chevalier, an ex-software developer at Google, also filed a lawsuit claiming that the company fired him over pro-diversity posts circulated internally.

According to Wilberg's lawsuit, Google's human-resources department began investigating YouTube's hiring practices in the spring of 2016.

  • Marlene Weaver