One of Google’s former recruiters has sued Google for sacking him for not following the company’s policy on diversity issues when hiring. Arne Wilberg, who worked as recruiter for Google’s YouTube unit for nine years, claims he was fired for refusing to reject male candidates that were White or Asian, as the company wanted.
Wilberg claims that Google has “irrefutable policies” that discriminate against Caucasian and Asian male candidates in favor of female, Black, and Hispanic candidates. The man filed the complaint with a state court in Redwood City, Calif.
Wilberg said he was fired after he complained to the HR department about the tech giant’s hiring practices. In addition, the management reportedly deleted the e-mails and other documents detailing diversity policies when hiring.
Google said the lawsuit is without merit and will vigorously fight it in court.
We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity,
a Google spokesperson said.
Google’s Diversity Issues
The company admitted that it has a policy of hiring people from different races, genders, and backgrounds to improve workforce, culture, and therefore create better products and services.
It is not the first time the company is criticized over its diversity practices. Earlier this year, a lawsuit alleged that the company has failed to do enough for female workers and racial minorities.
Google first started to share the data on the gender and racial diversity four years ago. Ever since, it has faced mounting pressure to improve diversity at workplace, and leave Asian and White male candidates behind.
The latest lawsuit alleges that Google asked Wilberg and his co-workers repeatedly to dismiss or approve job candidates only because they were White, Asian, female, Black or Hispanic.
According to the suit, in March 2017, an internal e-mail from a manager instructed recruiters to only accept candidates from “historically underrepresented groups.”
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