A former Google employee has filed a lawsuit against the California-based company for discrimination. According to the complaint, YouTube, which is owned by Google, pressured recruiters to exclude white men and Asian men when hiring as a way to increase the company's diversity.
The lawsuit said that some of the hiring practices included "Project Mirror", which was where employees from marginalized groups would be specifically assigned to interview candidates that were their gender or their race. Further, the lawsuit noted that in one hiring round, all software engineering interviews from applicants that were non-diverse and below a specific experience level were cancelled.
Further, the former employee, who worked for the company for nine years, claimed that those who complained to the company about the hiring processes were either transferred, ignored altogether or demoted. Google is also facing multiple other lawsuits for alleged sex and race discrimination. For example, the company was sued in early 2018 by two other former employees who claimed that white men were being discriminated against. Another lawsuit claimed that the company underpaid its female employees. Other complaints alleged that Google encouraged a work culture ripe with sexual harassment.
Mistreatment and discrimination in the workplace can have a major impact on employees' productivity, concentration and mental health. When workplace discrimination is allowed to continue unchecked, employees may be unfairly harmed because of their sex, race and age. However, workplace discrimination is illegal in California, meaning an employee who has evidence to believe that he or she was terminated, demoted or experienced discrimination may have a claim against the employer. An attorney may seek a resolution that could include back pay, lost benefits and other compensation.