A former YouTube employee has accused the video streaming giant of allegedly limiting its White and Asian men hires as a means to ensure their workforce is more diverse.
A Google spokesperson has stated that the company plans to defend itself entirely against the lawsuit, "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", said the spokesperson. Last year, Google engineer James Damore was sacked because he wrote a memo that was widely circulated amongst employees that conservative white men were "ostracized" in favor of minorities and women.
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.
The lawsuit has been filed in state court in Redwood City, California, and the case is Wilberg v. Google 18-CIV-00442, California Superior Court, San Mateo County (Redwood City).
The lawsuit filed by Mr. Wilberg and people familiar with the hiring practices allege that since at least 2016, YouTube recruiters had hiring quotas or targets for "diversity candidates", including black, Hispanic and female candidates. It claims that for several quarters, Google would only hire people from historically underrepresented groups for technical positions.
Wilberg also alleges some of his former co-workers were uncomfortable with one of Google's hiring initiatives, "Project Mirror", which required current employees to interview job candidates of the same race and sex.
The hiring practices challenged in the lawsuit fall into a controversial area of labor law, where setting goals to diversify is acceptable, but setting quotas is not. Ever since, it has faced mounting pressure to improve diversity at workplace, and leave Asian and White male candidates behind.
"However, numerous claims made in Wilberg's lawsuit seem to corroborate Breitbart News" previous reporting.