Wilberg, who spent nine years working for Google and YouTube, says the company set quotas for hiring minorities, and that he was sacked because he refused to reject white and Asian male job candidates. Wilberg claims recruiters were told to "purge" any "non-diverse employees" from a hiring pool of software engineers.
To help prove his allegations, Wilberg included a screenshot of a Google tracking system - which was subsequently deleted - that kept track of candidates' gender and race, pointing out that the company had not reached their goals in respect to hiring female, black and Latinx candidates.
The critics of Google's effort to promote workforce diversity now include one of its own former recruiters, who claims in a lawsuit he was sacked because he didn't toe the line on rejecting white and Asian male job candidates.
Recruitment specialist Arne Wilberg, an employee at Google and its YouTube unit for nine years as a contractor and employee, filed a lawsuit in California, according to Bloomberg. Wilberg also claims that a YouTube staffing manager instructed the YouTube recruiting team to "clean up" its diversity hiring practices, but told Wilberg that the changes were temporary and recruiters would return to quota-based hiring.
"Please continue with L3 [level three] candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups."
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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. 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". They then mentioned that Google's racial and gender preferences in hiring were not up for debate, because this was morally and economically the best thing to do for Google.
"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", Gina Scigliano said in an email.
Wilberg claims that his performance reviews began to suffer as he refused to follow YouTube's diversity hiring agenda.
Indeed, Wilberg's claim of discrimination against majority groups mimics the culture war around diversity being waged inside Google, where employees advocating for increased diversity have been reprimanded for offending white men.
Google has denied the company implemented discriminatory policies toward Caucasian and Asian men.
Finally, a Department of Labor official has also accused Google of practicing "systemic" discrimination against female employees.