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Google Sued For Hiring Discrimination For Allegedly Refusing To Hire White, Asian Men

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| March 4 , 2018 , 12:54 IST

Companies in the US are encouraged to hire personnel from a wide variety of backgrounds, for increased diversity and to protect against discrimination towards preference for white/Asian males.

However, a recent discrimination lawsuit filed against Google US by a former YouTube employee shows the presence of an opposite discrimination, against white/Asian males, in favour of female, black, Hispanic or Latina applicants.

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Arne Wilberg, who worked with Google for 9 years filed a discrimination suit against Google in January, details of which were reported by The Wall Street Journal on Saturday. In the lawsuit, Wilberg claims that Google implemented “clear and irrefutable policies” in its hiring, by attempting to exclude white and Asian men so as to increase the company's overall diversity.

Wilberg claims that when he opposed the policies, Google retaliated against him, eventually firing him in November 2017. The lawsuit filed by Wilberg targets Google and 25 Google employees that allegedly enforced the discriminatory hiring policies.

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According to reports, Wilberg has alleged that for several quarters, Google would specifically hire people only from historically underrepresented groups and the hiring team was also asked to “purge entirely any applications by non-diverse employees from the hiring pipeline.”

He adds, that several employees that complained to Google about the hiring policies exhibited by the firm were either ignored, transferred or demoted.

Regarding the allegations, Google, in its response to The Wall Street Journal said, “we have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity. ... At the same time, we unapologetically try to find a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, as this helps us hire the best people, improve our culture, and build better products.”