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According to claims made in a lawsuit filed by a former recruiter for Google's YouTube video site, the company instructed staff to stop hiring white and Asian men past year in an attempt to improve corporate diversity. YouTube, on the other hand, says Wilberg's allegations are off-base. His job was to court and hire candidates for engineering and technology positions. Employment lawyers explain to the Journal that while it's permissible for companies to try to boost diversity in its ranks, they can't hire based on race or gender, meaning quotas are off-limits.

What do you think of Wilberg's lawsuit? The former employee says he was sacked in late 2017, after complaining about its hiring policies. He was eventually fired in November of 2017.

According to Google's own statistics, the company's US workforce is 56-percent white, 35-percent Asian and 69 percent-male. Although he maintains that Google favored minorities, Wilberg declares that "one recruiter told her peers that she felt the way the team talked about black people in team meetings was like we were talking about black slaves as slave traders on a ship".

One person, referring to the initiative, reportedly "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. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying merely said in Beijing Friday that China urges the U.S. to follow trade rules.

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Google, on the other hand, completely rejected the claims, and says that their hiring policy strongly considers the merit of the candidate over the identities.

Wilberg's lawsuit is the latest legal attack on Google and its workplace culture. In the lawsuit, Loretta Lee, a former software engineer, noted that she faced lewd comments, pranks, and even physical violence from colleagues.

In January a woman named Heidi Lamar sued the company on charges that women working as preschool teachers in Google's child care center were paid lower salaries than male counterparts who had fewer qualifications. 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.

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 a way, Google even popularized the idea of transparency around diversity numbers as a defensive tactic against claims about systemic inequality.


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