March 18, 2018

Lawsuit alleges YouTube hiring practices discriminated against white and Asian men

03 March 2018, 04:58 | Rudolph Thomas

Google accused of excluding Asians, whites for some positions

According to a lawsuit filed by former Google engineer Loretta Lee the tech giant’s ‘bro-culture’ lead to routine sexual harassment and lewd comments at work

A former employee at Youtube is suing the media giant and its parent company for allegedly refusing to hire white and Asian men for technical positions. The lawsuit claims YouTube recruiters previous year were told not to interview applicants who weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and to "purge entirely" applications from potential employees who didn't fit those categories. The lawsuit, filed in January in a California court, claims the company fired Wilberg, who worked also as a YouTube recruiter during his time at Google, for voicing his concern about the company's recruiting strategies.

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.

Further, she stated that the company is not hesitant in accepting that they look for a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, and this helps them in hiring the best people, improve culture and build better products.

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.

In January, James Damore, the engineer who was sacked after writing a screed against Google's diversity efforts, filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination against white people, men, and political conservatives.

The lawsuit filed by Mr. Wilberg and people familiar with the hiring practices allege that since at least 2016, YouTube recruiters had hiring quotas or targets for "diversity candidates", including black, Hispanic and female candidates.

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

Arne Wilberg was a recruiter on Google's technology and engineering hiring team for YouTube.

Wilberg has alleged that in 2016 and 2017, he and his fellow recruiters were told on several occasions to approve or dismiss job candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino. "Beginning of Q3--we hire for 2018-all diverse", a company memo told recruiters past year, according to Wilberg.

"However, numerous claims made in Wilberg's lawsuit seem to corroborate Breitbart News" previous reporting.

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