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

According to a lawsuit filed by former Google engineer Loretta Lee the tech giant’s ‘bro-culture’ lead to routine sexual harassment and lewd comments at work

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.

People familiar with YouTube's and Google's hiring practices in interviews corroborated some of the lawsuit's allegations, including the hiring freeze of white and Asian technical employees, and YouTube's use of quotas... 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.

Wilberg, who spent nine years at Google before he was sacked last November, worked as a YouTube recruiter for four years.

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. James Damore, who was sacked after criticizing Google's diversity efforts, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in January.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a Google spokesperson said to The Wall Street Journal.

Wilberg said his manager sent an email to his team previous year, telling them to only accept candidates from "historically underrepresented groups" for a particular job opening.

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These lawsuits come amid the rising debate over the efforts from the technology firms to raise the dismal numbers of women, African Americans and Hispanics in the workforce.

"YouTube a year ago stopped hiring White and Asian males for technical positions because they didn't help the world's largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee", The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. California labor law prohibits refusing to hire employees based on characteristics like race or gender.

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". It's alleged the company instigated a policy to further workforce diversity.

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

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

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