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Lawsuit: YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian males to improve corporate diversity

03 March 2018, 04:59 | Harold Aguilar

Image source Neon Tommy via Flickr

Image source Neon Tommy via Flickr

A former YouTube recruiter is filing a lawsuit claiming that the tech company discriminated against white and Asian men in its hiring practices.

Arne Wilberg, a former recruiter at the Google-owned video website, said he was sacked for speaking out against the company's practices previous year when it cancelled interviews with candidates who were not female, black or Hispanic for technical jobs.

Recruitment specialist Arne Wilberg, an employee at Google and its YouTube unit for nine years as a contractor and employee, filed a lawsuit in California, according to Bloomberg.

In another lawsuit this week, Google was dragged to court by a former female employee, who claimed that she often faced discrimination because of the so-called "bro culture" at the company.

In a statement, Google said that it would "vigorously defend this lawsuit", adding that it has a "clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity". Last week, Tim Chevalier, a former engineer, sued Google for wrongful termination over pro-diversity comments he made criticizing white privilege. 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 alleges that sometime in mid-2017 managers were instructed to stop tracking the number of employees they hired from minority groups and told them to drop all hiring bias based on diversity quotas.


According to the suit, Wilberg's manager, Allison Alogna, told staff to cancel interviews with Level 3 software engineers (those with 0-5 years' experience) if they were not female, black, or Hispanic.

The civil complaint explains how, in his job, Wilberg was tasked with helping to select engineering and tech talent for YouTube and Google. In one quarter, for example, recruiters were expected to hire five new employees each, and those hires had to be diversity candidates, the lawsuit claims. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late previous year.

Google, which has since rejected the charge, defended its efforts in creating a diverse workforce. This system was later deleted by the company, Wilberg claims.

It is not the first time the company is criticized over its diversity practices.



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