Silicon Valley's White Male Panic Takes Root at Google

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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.

Arne Wilberg, 40, claims that he and other recruiters were ordered to cancel interviews with any job applicants who were not women, black, or Hispanic, and to "purge entirely" any applicants who did not fall into any of those categories, the Wall Street Journal reports. The lawsuit, filed in January in a California court, claims the company fired Wilberg, who worked also as a YouTube recruiter during his time at Google, for voicing his concern about the company's recruiting strategies. Former Google employee James Damore had earlier claimed that he was sacked for writing an anti-diversity memo which caused controversy.

The lawsuit follows a similar action by James Damore, a former Google engineer who rose to prominence after sending an internal memo criticizing Google's diversity practices and defending the gender gap.

One of Google's former recruiters has sued Google for sacking him for not following the company's policy on diversity issues when hiring.

According to Wilberg's lawsuit, Google's human-resources department began investigating YouTube's hiring practices in the spring of 2016. But a year ago, Wilberg claims YouTube recruiters were told to cancel interviews where the candidate wasn't female, black or Hispanic.

In 2017 69 percent of Google's employees were men and the percentage of Google's workforce that is white of Asian has been 91 percent since 2014. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech firm set quotas for diversity that resulted in discrimination of the two groups.

"The stated goal of these policies was to achieve "Diversity" in the Google workforce and to manage public relations problems arising from the under-representation of women and certain minority groups in the Google workforce, particularly in engineering positions".

Wilberg's lawsuit alleges that Google investigated hiring practices at YouTube and, sometime in mid-2017 told staff to stop tracking the hiring of minorities. However, the Journal cites anonymous sources that corroborate some of Wilberg's claims.

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