Sacked Google employee files lawsuit against company citing bias


This latest lawsuit comes from one of Google's former recruiters, after he claimed he was sacked for ignoring company orders to reject white and Asian male job applicants. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech firm set quotas for diversity that resulted in discrimination of the two groups.

Mr Wilberg's lawsuit said YouTube wanted to "purge entirely" white and Asian candidates and claims the company broke discrimination laws when it dismissed him after nine years working for Google.

Wilberg has alleged that in 2016 and 2017, he and his fellow recruiters were told on several occasions to approve or dismiss job candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino. He was also told to cancel interviews of men who were white or Asian.

Arne Wilberg worked at Google and YouTube as a recruiter, contractor, and full-time employee for almost a decade. In addition, the management reportedly deleted the e-mails and other documents detailing diversity policies when hiring. Wilberg says he complained about the practices and was ultimately fired in November. While Damore fits those descriptions, the lawsuit was also filed on behalf of women and people of color who it's claimed Google mistreated on the basis of one or any combination of those categories. James Damore, who was sacked after criticizing Google's diversity efforts, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in January.

When James Damore posted an inflammatory memo to an internal Google message board last year, he unleashed a bitterness that had seemingly been simmering beneath the surface of Silicon Valley for years.

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Another former Google employee is suing Google for wrongful termination. In a class action lawsuit filed against the tech giant, Damore said he was "ostracized, belittled and punished" for expressing conservative opinions while he was employed by the internet giant.

"To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK", Pichai said.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", Gina Scigliano told Bloomberg in an email. White or Asian employees actually made up 91% of Google's total workforce, which has barely changed in the past three years.

The lawsuit describes several instances in which Wilberg says he raised concerns with supervisors and human resources executives only to allegedly be retaliated against.