Lawsuit alleges YouTube hiring practices discriminated against white and Asian men

Google accused of excluding Asians, whites for some positions

Wilberg's lawsuit claims that YouTube recruiters were told to cancel interviews with applicants that weren't female, black or Hispanic and to "purge entirely" any applications that did not fit those criteria.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is former Google employee Arne Wilberg, who worked for Youtube's parent company for nine years and as a human resources recruiter for Youtube for four years.

Google, on the other hand, completely rejected the claims, and says that their hiring policy strongly considers the merit of the candidate over the identities. "At the same time, we unapologetically try to find a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, as this helps us hire the best people, improve our culture, and build better products". 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 also alleges that Google would systematically and regularly instruct its hiring teams to delete emails and any documentation that addressed hiring quotas, in a "transparent effort to wipe out any paper trail of Google's illegal practices". It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late a year ago.

Wilberg claimed that YouTube circulated an internal document telling recruiters to hire only diverse candidates for three months during 2017. Wilberg stated that past year 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 claims that for several quarters, Google would only hire people from historically underrepresented groups for technical positions.

The latest lawsuit alleges that Google asked Wilberg and his co-workers repeatedly to dismiss or approve job candidates only because they were White, Asian, female, Black or Hispanic.

Did YouTube use diversity "quotas" and other similar practices to discriminate against White and Asian men?

Google has been stung by a number of lawsuits recently.

Although Google initially fought not to disclose the demographic makeup of its workforce, the company was the first big company in Silicon Valley to release an annual diversity report, which is now common practice among tech firms.

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