YouTube Hiring for Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Males, Lawsuit Says

Nichole Vega
March 4, 2018

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.

The lawsuit also claimed that Google "discriminated against employees for their perceived conservative political views", as well as their "Caucasian race" and "male gender".

A Google spokesperson responded to the suit, releasing a statement to the Journal that read, "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

A former employee is suing the company for allegedly discriminating against white and Asian male applicants as it tries to boost the number of black, Latino and female staffers.

Wilberg alleges he was sacked in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices.

Just Thursday, Gizmodo reported that a former female software engineer had filed a lawsuit accusing the company of condoning a "bro-culture" that encouraged sexual harassment and turning a blind eye to harmful pranks and physical violence. Wilberg stated that a year ago and in 2016, he and other recruiters were told to approve or dismiss candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements previous year.

The company is now facing two other gender based lawsuits, one alleging it discriminates against woman and another arguing discrimination against conservative white men.

"The stated goal of these policies was to achieve "Diversity" in the Google workforce and to manage public relations problems arising from the under-representation of women and certain minority groups in the Google workforce, particularly in engineering positions". 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. During that period, he claims the company put a freeze on hiring White and Asian men while also setting hiring quotas for so-called "diversity candidates".

Arne Wilberg worked at Google for almost a decade.

Google is YouTube's parent company.

Google has faced criticism over its diversity practices from both sides: those who say it's not doing enough to include women and underrepresented racial minorities, and those who assert that its efforts go too far.

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