Protesters: Google lacks transparency, discriminates in hiring

Representative from search giant disputes claims

Representatives from several minority-rights groups gathered at Google's Mountain View campus campus on Feb. 10 to protest what they say is a lack of transparency surrounding the search giant's hiring practices.

The picketers' complaints revolved around two key issues: diversity and the perception among those protesting that Google favors foreign workers over locals.

Leaders and members of the Black Economic Council, the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles and the National Asian American Coalition carried signs and took up a bullhorn to demand that Google publicly disclose data about the ethnic makeup of its employees.

According to several protesters, Google hires disproportionate numbers of men compared to women and far more whites and Indians than any other ethnic group. Furthermore, the protesters complained, the company would rather ship workers in from overseas than hire qualified individuals already living in Silicon Valley.

The groups involved in the protest say that diversity is a problem throughout Silicon Valley. Collectively the groups have requested that 34 major companies throughout the Bay Area publicize their EEO-1 Reports. Only 12 companies agreed to do so.

Private businesses with 100 employees or more must file EEO-1 Reports annually with the United States' Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEO-1 is used by the commission to determine whether a particular business is in compliance with federal equal employment opportunity laws.

Jorge C. Corralejo, chairman and CEO of the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, said that Google, along with 21 others refused to make their reports public. In the case of Google, Corralejo believes the company is violating its own transparency policies, skirting its legal obligation and flagrantly disregarding its "don't be evil" corporate motto.

Google representative Jordan Newman said the protesters' criticisms were off base.

"Our philosophy has always been that a diversity of perspectives, ideas and cultures means better products for our users," Newman wrote in an official e-mail statement. "That's why we have an inclusive work environment and constantly promote diversity at Google, through scholarship programs, internship opportunities and partnerships with organizations working to educate the next generation of engineers and professionals."

Check back on our website for updates, along with video from the protest, and look for a more in-depth story in next week's paper.

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3 people like this
Posted by Jack
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Ugh!!! Tell you what, why don't you protesters start your own company and then hire who ever you want. Jezz, this is life and life can be unfair, deal with it!

3 people like this
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

USA is a registered user.

"Jorge C. Corralejo, chairman and CEO of the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles"

The LA school district has a 50% dropout rate. At a time when many professional jobs require at least a masters degree, half the people entering the workforce in LA do not have even a high school diploma. I could point out the demographics of failure in LA, but we all know it already.

Jorge, go get your house in order before you come up here and whine about how our tech companies are not hiring your people who don't even bother to learn our language. You can start by watching Stand and Deliver. Yes you can.

3 people like this
Posted by Jack
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm


I'll Second that! Drives me crazy how people break out the race card. They always rely on others to start the business and then sit back and expect to be hired. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!

3 people like this
Posted by Kristine
a resident of Monta Loma
on Feb 10, 2011 at 7:37 pm

These protesters really have to get it's more racist to give race based freebies than to be allow businesses to be competence based.

3 people like this
Posted by Supporter
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Feb 11, 2011 at 7:42 am

Nearly half of H-1B work visa holders in the US were from India, who were mostly hired for technology-related positions, according to an official report by the GAO. Who do you think they replaced?

These types of business practices undermine job opportunities for Americans (this includes YOU) who pay taxes and work hard to gain educations only to find there are not any jobs available.

Nearly half of all American engineering and science students find work outside of engineering and science, when they graduate from college. Is this because they were not good enough?

The protest by these Blacks, Asians and Latinos was not about playing the race card or being hired based on the color of their skin. They have systematically and historically been shut out of the job market without justification or accountability. If whites are being displaced by these practices the situation will be far worse moving forward.

No one is asking for any freebies or consideration based on color. Billions in tax payer dollars are being used to fund federal contracts these companies receive. They have a legal obligation to report this information but just like the banks were too big to fail they are too big to comply.

3 people like this
Posted by @Supporter
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 11, 2011 at 8:11 am

Good post, but too complicated for many it seems. It's much simpler to whine about minorities asking for "freebies".

3 people like this
Posted by Total nonsense
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

@Supporter. Total nonsense. It's an open market. No one is shutting anyone out. They should be allowed to hire whomever they want and graduates should be free to decide where they want to apply for jobs. If you want guaranteed income, apply to the govt.

3 people like this
Posted by BD
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

I don't see how the protesters can claim Google discriminates. The EEOC, which reviews the reports, doesn't seem to think so. The protesters can call for more transparency in hiring, however. It's ironic that Google doesn't want to publish their own numbers when their goal is to aggregate and organize the world's information.

3 people like this
Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

They're barking up the wrong tree. Age discrimination is where the fish are biting here in Silicon Valley.

3 people like this
Posted by @Total Nonsense
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm

And restaurants, health clubs, retailers, etc should be able to keep out whomever they want, right?

3 people like this
Posted by TOtal nonsense
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

THats right. They have the right to refuse service to customers unwilling to abide by their rules and customers have the right to not purchase. That's why it's voluntary exchange. Both parties expect to benefit. You have no point other than to argue for the use of coercion. That's why you have a silly argument. You only want coercion when it will benefit you and hurt others.

3 people like this
Posted by Ned
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 13, 2011 at 8:06 am

El Camino Hospital want to hire only Chinese speaking and culturally aware doctors, so what's the difference? Oh, I forgot, that's different.

3 people like this
Posted by @Total Nonsense
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Your notion of businesses being able to do whatever they please is ridiculous. Although now you qualify your statement with "...refuse service to customers unwilling to abide by their rules." No kidding? Really? Huh.

That's not the issue. The issue is possible discrimination and transparency in hiring practices. You cannot discriminate. Period. If you think you can, try it and see how that works out.

For the record, I'm not saying Google is guilty of that.

3 people like this
Posted by DCS
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 14, 2011 at 8:44 am

I want a job at google! I live around the corner and have an advanced engineering degree with lots of experience.

3 people like this
Posted by total nonsense
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Feb 14, 2011 at 9:18 am

Supporter. Of course there are always qualifications to voluntary exchange and doing whatever you want. (like you cant hurt other people or their property) You stated that certain groups are being excluded without offering any information other than the fact Google gets to choose who they hire and some people work in areas outside their training. You need to back up your claim that Google is not hiring the best qualified workers and intentionally excluding better qualified candidates. In other words, are they choosing less qualified candidates to lower their profits.

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