Google Stung By Lawsuit Alleging Recruitment Bias

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A former recruiter for Google and YouTube has sued the search ad beast, claiming he was sacked for objecting to hiring policies that discriminated against white and Asian men. The lawsuit claims YouTube recruiters previous year were told not to interview applicants who weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and to "purge entirely" applications from potential employees who didn't fit those categories.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is former Google employee Arne Wilberg, who worked for Youtube's parent company for nine years and as a human resources recruiter for Youtube for four years. The lawsuit, filed in January in California's San Mateo County Superior Court, claims Wilberg was sacked by Google in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices, the news agency reported.

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

Wilberg, according to the lawsuit, "repeatedly told [his managers] that it was illegal to have such hiring quotas favoring certain groups based on race and gender, that it violated state and federal law, and that Google must immediately cease and desist from engaging, in such illegal hiring practices".

Wilberg's lawsuit is also the second asserting that the tech giant discriminates against white men.


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

The conflagration briefly engulfed Google's own offices, turning the workspace into a polarized war zone. Such is the case with Google, which is facing several similar lawsuits accusing it of discrimination against woman, conservative white men and more. The lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court notes that the management used to delete the emails among other records that talked of the diversity requirements. In one case, the suit claims, hiring managers pressured Wilberg to make an applicant over 40 apply for a position he wasn't qualified for so the job seeker would fail to gain employment at Google.

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.

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. It's alleged the company instigated a policy to further workforce diversity.

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