"In his complaint, which was filed at the end of January in San Mateo, Calif., Wilberg says he and other recruiters had to nix interviews if the applicants weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and that applications that didn't fall under those demographics were to be "[purged] entirely". The paper notes that 69% of Google's employees are men, while 91% of the company's workforce is white or Asian-a number that's stayed relatively the same for the past three years.
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.
The lawsuit, filed by Arne Wilberg, a white male who worked at Google for nine years, including four years as a recruiter at YouTube, alleges the division of Alphabet Inc.'s Google set quotas for hiring minorities.
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. In the same statement, the spokesperson told the Journal, "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". 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".
The lawsuit describes several instances in which Wilberg says he raised concerns with supervisors and human resources executives only to allegedly be retaliated against. California labor law prohibits refusing to hire employees based on characteristics like race or gender. One person allegedly "complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects".
Although Google initially fought not to disclose the demographic makeup of its workforce, the company was the first big company in Silicon Valley to release an annual diversity report, which is now common practice among tech firms.
A few months back, James Damore, a former Google employee, claimed that he was sacked for writing an anti-diversity memo, which triggered loads of controversy both within and outside the organization. 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". Google denies that its salaries are discriminatory. After writing a memo critical of Google's hiring practices, Damore was sacked and accused of misogyny for suggesting biological differences between men and women might explain, in part, why Google engineers are overwhelmingly male.