Google Accused in Lawsuit of Excluding White and Asian Men in Hiring

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Wilberg alleges that several employees complained to Google about the company's hiring policies, but were either ignored, transferred, or demoted.

"Please continue with L3 [level three] candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups."

Wilberg-who worked at Google for nine years, including four years as a recruiter at YouTube-filed his lawsuit in January after he was sacked last November in what he claims was retaliation for his complaints about the hiring policies.

Arne Wilberg worked at Google for almost a decade.

According to the lawsuit, Wilberg's attempt to raise the issue of quotas did not go unnoticed. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late a year ago.

Wilberg also claims that Google "policy documents" directed the firm's YouTube recruiters to hire only "diverse" people for the third quarter of 2017. Following the Damore incident, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that he has no regrets over firing Damore, but said he is sad about the perception of people who "misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another".

Google told The Wall Street Journal that "we have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

The hiring practices challenged in the lawsuit fall into a controversial area of labor law, where setting goals to diversify is acceptable, but setting quotas is not.

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The problem is that mandatory quotas based on gender or ethnicity may violate United States anti-discrimination laws, depending on how they're implemented. Damore was subsequently fired by Google. In the meantime, Google has to walk a narrow line: How can the company signal the urgency of being inclusive without setting targets?

Wilberg's lawsuit is the latest legal attack on Google and its workplace culture.

He claims he "repeatedly opposed these illegal and discriminatory hiring practices by complaining to his managers and HR", telling them "it was illegal to have such hiring quotas favoring certain groups based on race and gender". According to the complaint, YouTube developed an interview panel policy called Project Mirror where managers would have two black engineers on each panel for black candidates and two Hispanic engineers on the panel for Hispanic candidates.

He also alleges Google subjected him "to unsubstantiated performance reviews, performance criticisms and [terminated] his employment".

Officer of Google, and Eileen Naughton ("Naughton"), the Human Resources Director of Google.

The punitive measures would level the unfair playing field that has persisted for years, and make it easier for American companies to expand and hire workers, Trump said.

After Damore was terminated, he and another white engineer filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer. He claimed Google's top brass discriminated against conservative men.

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