Wilberg said 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.

"For the past several years, Google has had and implemented clear and irrefutable policies, memorialized in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor (of) job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men", according to the suit.

"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. Wilberg's lawsuit alleges that in the first quarter of 2016, YouTube recruiters were told that they were expected to hire five new employees each.

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.


"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a Google spokesperson said.

Wilberg said his manager sent an email to his team previous year, telling them to only accept candidates from "historically underrepresented groups" for a particular job opening. Wilberg also alleges that over the past two years, YouTube started trying to cover up its diversity hiring practices.

According to the lawsuit, Wilberg's attempt to raise the issue of quotas did not go unnoticed.

California labor law prohibits employers from making job decisions based on characteristics like race or gender. They then mentioned that Google's racial and gender preferences in hiring were not up for debate, because this was morally and economically the best thing to do for Google.


Google has been training its employees how to recognize unconscious bias, but Damore's memo is proof that diversity is not always seen as part of Google's cultural values. One person allegedly "complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects".

Officer of Google, and Eileen Naughton ("Naughton"), the Human Resources Director of Google. 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. Wilberg claims he and other recruiting team members were made to feel "completely uncomfortable and psychologically unsafe" reporting to their boss, a champion of the diversity policies.

Damore, however, is going ahead with the class-action lawsuit against the search giant where he is determined to prove the discrimination against white conservative men.


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