Sacked Google employee files lawsuit against company citing bias

Sacked Google employee files lawsuit against company citing bias

Sacked Google employee files lawsuit against company citing bias

According to claims made in a lawsuit filed by a former recruiter for Google's YouTube video site, the company instructed staff to stop hiring white and Asian men a year ago in an attempt to improve corporate diversity. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late past year.

Google said the lawsuit is without merit and will vigorously fight it in court.

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. According to his lawsuit filed last month in San Mateo County, Google set hiring quotas and, at one point in 2017, explicitly informed recruiters to strictly hire "diverse" candidates. 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 says he complained about the practices and was ultimately fired in November.

"Google's Staffing Team continued with Google's illegal hiring policies, but stopped tracking and engaged in an effort to delete all the evidence of the preferences given to women and minorities in Google's hiring practices", the suit claimed.

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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.

Google said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that the lawsuit had no merit and that no quotas were being used.

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.

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. Employment lawyers explain to the Journal that while it's permissible for companies to try to boost diversity in its ranks, they can't hire based on race or gender, meaning quotas are off-limits. White or Asian employees actually made up 91% of Google's total workforce, which has barely changed in the past three years.

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