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Google Accused Of Limiting White, Asian Male Hires For Diversity Reasons

Google Accused Of Limiting White, Asian Male Hires For Diversity Reasons

Arne Wilberg - who spent nine years working at Google - filed a discrimination suit in January, and The Wall Street Journal reported its existence today. 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.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a representative from Google told the Journal in a statement.

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. The former employee says he was sacked in late 2017, after complaining about its hiring policies. The paper notes that 69% of Google's employees are men, while 91% of the company's workforce is white or Asian-a number that's stayed relatively the same for the past three years.

The complaint cited Google policy documents from 2017 that demand diversity in hiring goals.

A former YouTube employee is suing Google for allegedly telling recruiters to cancel interviews with applicants who aren't female, black, or Hispanic.

In March 2017, a YouTube staffing manager emailed recruiters to ask them to consider only "candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups" for certain positions, Wilberg claimed.

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The company also "had a practice of systematically discriminating against older engineers in its hiring practices", according to the suit. 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.

According to Google's own statistics, the company's USA workforce is 56 percent white, 35 percent Asian and 69 percent male.

The civil complaint explains how, in his job, Wilberg was tasked with helping to select engineering and tech talent for YouTube and Google.

Google, which has since rejected the charge, defended its efforts in creating a diverse workforce.

"However, numerous claims made in Wilberg's lawsuit seem to corroborate Breitbart News" previous reporting.