Wilberg-who worked at Google for nine years, including four years as a recruiter at YouTube-filed his lawsuit in January after he was sacked last November in what he claims was retaliation for his complaints about the hiring policies.
A former YouTube employee has sued Google for allegedly pressuring recruiters to only look for female, black, and Hispanic or Latinx applicants.
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.
Silicon Valley-based tech companies, chided for hiring mostly white and Asian men in technical and leadership roles, have tried to figure out ways to develop more inclusive, diverse workforces. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late a year ago.
Wilberg claimed that he and other recruiters were uncomfortable with the hiring practice and even claimed that recruiters felt senior managers were talking about African-American employees like "we were talking about Black slaves as slave traders on a ship".
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. "Beginning of Q3--we hire for 2018-all diverse", a company memo told recruiters previous year, according to Wilberg.
In March 2017, a YouTube staffing manager shot an email to the recruiters stating: "Please continue with L3 [level three] candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups". A 2017 class-action lawsuit filed by three former employees alleged Google discriminated against women. Ever since, it has faced mounting pressure to improve diversity at workplace, and leave Asian and White male candidates behind.
"In response to Wilberg's complaints and warnings Google would occasionally circulate e-mails instructing its employees (to) purge any and all references to the race/gender quotas from its e-mail database ... to wipe out any paper trail of Google's illegal practices", according to his lawsuit.