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Google Stung By Lawsuit Alleging Recruitment Bias

Google Stung By Lawsuit Alleging Recruitment Bias”

The lawsuit claims YouTube recruiters a year ago were told not to interview applicants who weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and to "purge entirely" applications from potential employees who didn't fit those categories.

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. Former Google employee James Damore had earlier claimed that he was sacked for writing an anti-diversity memo which caused controversy.

A Google spokesperson responded to the suit, releasing a statement to the Journal that read, "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

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Last month Google was hit with another discrimination lawsuit after Tim Chevalier alleged he was sacked for his liberal political activism whilst working for the company. During that period, he claims the company put a freeze on hiring White and Asian men while also setting hiring quotas for so-called "diversity candidates".

Wilberg claimed that YouTube instructed its recruiters to "cancel interviews with applicants who weren't female, black or Hispanic". Wilberg also alleged that late past year, management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements. Each of these new employees allegedly must have been from an underrepresented group, and recruiters used what was known as a "diversity tracker" to keep a count of the number of minorities hired. He alleges that YouTube attempted to hide their blatant hiring bias and that he was told in a meeting in January 2016 that the company had to "clean up" its diversity hiring practices.

The controversy comes as Silicon Valley companies grapple with how to increase workforce diversity in an industry dominated by white men and permeated with corporate cultures that seem biased against women and female engineers.

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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.

Google strongly rejected the charge while also defending its attempts to build a diverse workforce. This system was later deleted by the company, Wilberg claims.

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