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03 March 2018, 05:01 | Dawn Berry
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Google is being sued by a former recruiter who alleges he was sacked for complaining to his managers about hiring practices to "boost diversity" that discriminated against white and asian men.
According to Wilberg, Google had "irrefutable policies, memorialised in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men", Bloomberg reported.
In a civil lawsuitfiled 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".
It is the latest diversity row to hit Google, coming in the same week as a separate lawsuit claiming that a toxic "bro culture" discriminated against women. "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement. When Lee filed a complaint with H.R.at the company's urging, she said that Google declined to investigate.
The National Labor Relations Board's general counsel would later rule that Google had not violated the law when it fired him, causing Damore to withdraw the complaint he filed with the agency.
According to Wilberg's lawsuit, Google's human-resources department began investigating YouTube's hiring practices in the spring of 2016. Wilberg claims recruiters were told to "purge" any "non-diverse employees" from a hiring pool of software engineers. He claims he was let go after criticizing, and refusing to conform to, Google's hiring mandate to prioritize candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups, and de-prioritize white and Asian men.
Wilberg claimed that YouTube circulated an internal document telling recruiters to hire only diverse candidates for three months during 2017.
According to Google's own statistics, the company's US workforce is 56 percent white, 35 percent Asian and 69 percent male. This system was later deleted by the company, Wilberg claims.
In January, James Damore, the engineer who was sacked after writing a screed against Google's diversity efforts, filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against white people, men, and political conservatives.
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