Silicon Valley's White Male Panic Takes Root at Google

Emmett Rice
March 3, 2018

To help prove his allegations, Wilberg included a screenshot of a Google tracking system - which was subsequently deleted - that kept track of candidates' gender and race, pointing out that the company had not reached their goals in respect to hiring female, black and Latinx candidates.

Wilberg also claims that Google "policy documents" directed the firm's YouTube recruiters to hire only "diverse" people for the third quarter of 2017.

His manager, Allison Alogna, informed Wilberg and his colleagues that they were to "only accept" Level 3 engineers if they were diverse. Per the Wall Street Journal, Arne Wilberg served as a Google recruiter for seven years (four of those years for YouTube directly), during which time he says the company implemented hiring quotas for minorities, or what the company called "diversity candidates". "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a spokesman said.

Wilberg said he was sacked after he complained to the HR department about the tech giant's hiring practices.

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Google said that it intends to "vigorously defend this lawsuit".

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. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements previous year. Google and many other technology giants started publicly sharing data on racial and gender diversity in 2014 and have faced pressure to increase the percentage of their workforce that isn't white or Asian men. When Lee filed a complaint with the company's urging, she said that Google declined to investigate. Damore withdrew the complaint that he filed earlier with the National Labor Relations Board after it was found that Google did not override any law while firing him.

A former YouTube employee has filed a discrimination suit against the world's largest video site, alleging that its policy was to hire zero white or Asian men for tech positions. Chevalier, in the lawsuit, also talked about an HR representative, who talked with him past year in September about the posts and internal forums. White or Asian employees actually made up 91% of Google's total workforce, which has barely changed in the past three years.

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