Wilberg claims that Google implemented "clear and irrefutable policies" meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company's overall diversity.
Wilberg's lawsuit targets Google and 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules, quoting a number of emails and other documents. Which one is it?
"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", Gina Scigliano told Bloomberg in an email.
Google, which has since rejected the charge, defended its efforts in creating a diverse workforce. An investigation into YouTube hiring practices was reportedly launched in early 2016, by Google human resources. Many have adopted policies and programs created to encourage more balanced hiring, not only to right past discrimination but for their own economic advantage: According to management consultancy McKinsey, diverse companies deliver better financial results. 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.
A Google spokeswoman said the company will vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit.
He cited a YouTube staffing manager, who had apparently emailed recruiters in March 2017 and told them, "Please continue with L3 [level three] candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups". Arne Wilberg worked at Google for 9 years, four of which were spent at YouTube as a recruiter. He also claimed in the lawsuit that he was sacked because of his complaints that he was being discriminated against for being a White male.
Google's workforce diversity and culture is once again subjected to unwelcome headlines after another lawsuit was filed against the company. In the lawsuit, Loretta Lee, a former software engineer, noted that she faced lewd comments, pranks, and even physical violence from colleagues. 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".
"It is a cruel irony that Google attempted to justify firing me by claiming that my social networking posts showed bias against my harassers", Chevalier told The Verge.
All of this might come as a shock to anyone who hasn't been paying attention to the firing of Google engineer James Damore a year ago. Six months after the conversation he was sacked.