Google Stung By Lawsuit Alleging Recruitment Bias

Image source Neon Tommy via Flickr

Image source Neon Tommy via Flickr

Wilberg, who recruited engineers for Google's and YouTube's parent company Alphabet, said he was sacked after complaining to upper management about the discriminatory hiring practices, and alleges that other members of his team were either disregarded, transferred or demoted.

Google has been sued by a former YouTube employee for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female and Latina applicants and that the video-sharing platform had a year ago stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions.

Google said it would defend itself.

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.

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

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. Wilberg also alleged that late a year ago, management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements.

Google has been stung by a number of lawsuits recently.

When presented with orders to cancel level-three software engineering interviews with anyone not either female, black, or Hispanic, and to purge applications from non-diverse employees in the hiring pipeline, Wilberg refused and faced retaliation as a result, it is claimed. In another encounter, Wilberg recalls, "One team member complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects".

It is not the first time the company is criticized over its diversity practices. Such is the case with Google, which is facing several similar lawsuits accusing it of discrimination against woman, conservative white men and more.

According to Bloomberg, Arne Wilberg worked at Google for nine years as both an employee and contractor. Google, Facebook, Microsoft and other tech companies now regularly release diversity reports, highlighting low percentages of women and minority employees, with few moving up the management chain.

The lawsuit also alleges that Google would systematically and regularly instruct its hiring teams to delete emails and any documentation that addressed hiring quotas, in a "transparent effort to wipe out any paper trail of Google's illegal practices".

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