Lawsuit: YouTube Stopped Hiring White and Asian Males to Improve Diversity

A former Google recruiter has sued the company, claiming he was sacked because he spoke against the rejection of white and Asian male candidates for certain jobs.

Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google for nine years, alleges Google set quotas for hiring minorities, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Wilberg claims that Google implemented "clear and irrefutable policies" meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company's overall diversity.

Google, on the other hand, completely rejected the claims, and says that their hiring policy strongly considers the merit of the candidate over the identities. "At the same time, we unapologetically try to find a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, as this helps us hire the best people, improve our culture, and build better products".

The lawsuit follows a similar action by James Damore, a former Google engineer who rose to prominence after sending an internal memo criticizing Google's diversity practices and defending the gender gap.

Mr Wilberg argues he was discriminated against because he was a white man and the company fired him when he complained, violating anti-discrimination laws. This week, Loretta Lee, a female software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before she was sacked in 2016, filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was routinely sexually harassed at Google, and that the company did not intervene.

Employees were told to "purge entirely" of people who did not meet the diversity requirements instead choosing to pick from groups that were "historically underrepresented", Wilberg alleges.

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. However, the Journal cites anonymous sources that corroborate some of Wilberg's claims. Each of these new employees allegedly must have been from an underrepresented group, and recruiters used what was known as a "diversity tracker" to keep a count of the number of minorities hired. The lawsuit also states that he repeatedly spoke out against these initiatives, telling his superiors they were discriminatory and illegal.

  • Kara Saunders