Lawsuit: YouTube Stopped Hiring White and Asian Males to Improve Diversity

A former Google employee is suing the company alleging that hiring policies hurt white and Asian male applicants

A former Google employee is suing the company alleging that hiring policies hurt white and Asian male applicants

A former Google recruiter has sued the company, claiming he was sacked because he spoke against the rejection of white and Asian male candidates for certain jobs.

The suit says Google set quotas for hiring minorities and in 2017, instructed staff to cancel interviews with candidates that were not black, Hispanic or female and "purge" the applications white and Asian men.

It is the latest diversity row to hit Google, coming in the same week as a separate lawsuit claiming that a toxic "bro culture" discriminated against women.

Sources with knowledge of YouTube and Google's hiring practices "corroborated some of the lawsuit's allegations, including the hiring freeze of white and Asian technical employees, and YouTube's use of quotas", according to the Journal.

Google fired him for complaining about the company's hiring, though he was "an exemplary employee", according to the lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court. When Lee filed a complaint with the company's urging, she said that Google declined to investigate. Arne Wilberg worked at Google for 9 years, four of which were spent at YouTube as a recruiter.

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Google has been training its employees how to recognize unconscious bias, but Damore's memo is proof that diversity is not always seen as part of Google's cultural values.

About two months ago, former Google engineer James Damore made headlines after filing a lawsuit against the huge tech company for allegedly discriminating against white male conservatives. He also alleged that late a year ago, management deleted emails and other digital records of diversity requirements.

The hiring practices challenged in the lawsuit fall into a controversial area of labor law, where setting goals to diversify is acceptable, but setting quotas is not.

It claimed the manager of YouTube's tech staffing management team, Allison Alogna, sent an email in March 2017 indicating that new level-three software engineering candidates - specifically, geeks with five years of experience or less - must be from "historically underrepresented groups".

Google is YouTube's parent company. In another encounter, Wilberg recalls, "One team member complained that managers were speaking about blacks like they were objects". This time, the plaintiff is a recruiter - someone who was actually responsible for carrying out Google's diversity initiatives, and who found them discriminatory. It's alleged the company instigated a policy to further workforce diversity.

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